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Students at Troubled School District Attend Pride Event

Students at Troubled School District Attend Pride Event


Students, parents, and teachers in Minnesota's Anoka-Hennepin School District, rocked by suicides and antigay bullying, attended a Pride picnic Tuesday.

"Its not a political event," organizer and middle school teacher Jefferson Fietek told the local Fox affiliate. The school district did not sponsor the Pride event, which drew around 300 people.

Six students have killed themselves in recent years at the Minneapolis-area school district; many students and parents have blamed antigay bullying and a school environment that, if not condoning it, allows it to occur.

"One of the sad things I've heard kids say is, 'If they knew who I was, they wouldn't love me or wouldn't like me,'" Fietek said. "This is saying you are wrong, and these people do love you and support you."

Recently, a sixth student sued the Anoka-Hennepin School District, saying officials turned a blind eye to antigay bullying.

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