What are Valley schools doing to stop bullying on campus?


IT’S BACK TO SCHOOL TIME, BUT FOR SOME STUDENTS,… THAT MAY COME WITH A FEELING OF DREAD. GOOD EVENING,……I’M CONNER BOARD AND I’M MIKE BLACK L-G-B-T-Q KIDS ARE AT A HIGHER RISK OF BEING BULLIED. A FEW MONTHS AGO WE SAW THE EFFECT THAT CAN HAVE… WHEN HUNTSVILLE HIGH STUDENT “NIGEL SHELBY” COMMITTED SUICIDE AFTER ALLEGEDLY GETTING BULLIED FOR BEING GAY. RENATA DI GREGORIO TELLS US WHAT’S GOING ON TO MAKE SCHOOLS SAFE… RENATA? 3 MIKE, CONNER, A LOCAL LGBTQ GROUP FOCUSED ON HELPING SCHOOLS IS RAMPING UP THEIR EFFORTS THIS SCHOOL YEAR. THEY’LL ALSO BE AT THE EVENT AT LEE HIGH SCHOOL AT THE END OF AUGUST– IT’S FOCUSING ON ANTI-BULLYING AND IT’S THE FIRST OF MONTHLY FORUMS COVERING TOPICS LIKE THIS. 3 SOUND: “This is our GLSEN notebook.” THIS IS THE FIRST FULL SCHOOL YEAR THE GROUP FOCUSED ON MAKING SCHOOLS SAFE FOR LGBTQ STUDENTS WILL BE IN HUNTSVILLE AND MADISON CITY SCHOOLS. DANIEL WALKER/GLSEN: “A safe space kit is a guide that identifies what to do if a student comes out, what to do if you have witnessed bullying, and what to do to make your classroom as a teacher more inclusive and welcoming.””And you’re putting those in every school?””Our goal is to put one in every school.” GLSEN REPORTS 95% OF LGBTQ STUDENTS IN ALABAMA ARE VERBALLY HARASSED AND ALMOST 80 PERCENT HAVE BEEN PHYSICALLY ATTACKED.WALKER: “Even one supportive adult in a student’s life can dramatically reduce 3 their risk of suicide.” BUT A MENTAL HEALTH WORKER IN HUNTSVILLE BELIEVES TEACHERS ARE STRETCHED THIN AND IT’S UP TO PARENTS TO SUPPORT THEIR CHILDREN. BRENDA TAYLOR-MOODY KNOWS BECAUSE SHE WAS THE BULLY.BRENDA TAYLOR-MOODY/NAMI VOLUNTEER: “I also came from a background that was chaotic and I had no control at home so I looked for ways to control.” SHE SAYS IT’S ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT FOR THE PARENTS OF LGBTQ KIDS TO BE SUPPORTIVE.TAYLOR-MOODY: “I have to learn to love myself enough not to need somebody else to feel empowered. That’s a way parents and the school system can help young people. Sometimes they all need something to feel special, something to boos their self-esteem in order to not need it form hurting other people.” 3 3 REPORT BULLYING THROUGH YOUR SCHOOL SYSTEM’S WEBSITE. HUNTSVILLE CITY SCHOOLS ALSO HAS COUNSELORS AND SOCIAL WORKERS WITH WELLSTONE ON HAND.. AS WELL AS THEIR “NO PLACE FOR HATE” PROGRAM. PUTTING THE VALLEY FIRST RENATA DI GREGORIO WZDX NEWS 3 U-S NEWS RANKS ALABAMA’S EDUCATION SYSTEM 49TH IN THE COUNTRY, IN A RECENT REPORT. THIS PAST LEGISLATIVE SESSION THERE WERE A NUMBER OF