supporters rallied in Florida Monday against a proposed
antibullying law they called "vague." The bill's opponents
believe it leaves the most vulnerable students, like gays
and minorities, unprotected.
calling Republican state representative Ellyn
Bogdanoff's proposal a giant step backward for
civil rights because it doesn't specifically ban
bullying based on race, ethnicity, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, physical ability, or
appearance. They are asking Bogdanoff's Fort
Lauderdale constituents to demand that Bogdanoff
rewrite the bill to name the groups it covers.
drawing criticism reads: "The school district policy
shall not establish categories of students but shall afford
all students the same protection regardless of their
status under law."
told the South FloridaSun-Sentinel that she would not use selective
language to define who should be protected, saying,
"I want to protect all children." She said the
only change she might make would be to clarify that
school districts would not be precluded from creating a
separate discrimination policy.
rally was attended by school board members and
representatives from the Democratic Black Caucus, the
American Civil Liberties Union, the National
Organization for Women, and the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight
Education Network. (Sirius/OutQ News)