ORANGE COUNTY EQUALITY COALITION BEHIND FULLERTON STUDENT

[ 0 ] April 17, 2012 |

LOCAL LGBT RIGHTS GROUP APPLAUDS HIGH SCHOOL’S APOLOGY TO GAY STUDENT BUT SAYS IT’S NOT ENOUGH

Orange County Equality Coalition (OCEC) calls on administrators and teachers at Fullerton Union High to enroll in CSU Fullerton’s online course in LGBT Anti Bullying.

“The rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students are ensured under California safe schools laws and Fullerton Union High School (FUHS) has taken the right step in issuing this apology,” says OCEC Co Chair, Daniel Shad.  The OCEC is an organization committed to protecting the rights of the local LGBT (lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community and, while the group commends administrators at FUHS for making this public apology to a student who was disqualified from the school’s annual “Mr. Fullerton” competition because of statements expressing his identity as a gay youth, they say it’s just not enough.  “The rights of LGBT students are not a matter of politics, they are guaranteed under the law,” says Shad.

Since this initial April 3rd incident, additional allegedly discriminatory acts made by the school’s principal and teachers have come to the attention of OCEC members via a Facebook page made by FUHS students. According to OCEC Co Chair Rosanne Faul,”OCEC exists in part to ensure that the LGBT  students here in Orange County receive the kind of fair and equal education that all students deserve and are entitled to under the law. We are calling on the administrators and teachers at FUHS to support their LGBT students by enrolling in Cal State Fullerton’s first-of-its-kind course.  We need administrators and teachers to be proactive in getting the information they need to support LGBT  students; this is an excellent way for them to do this.”

More information on the CSU Fullerton LGBT Anti Bullying course can be found here: http://extension.fullerton.edu/bullying/

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