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WATCH: L.A. Public Schools Stand Against Bullying in Sports

WATCH: L.A. Public Schools Stand Against Bullying in Sports


The school district this year, through its Out for Safe Schools initiative, is setting out to make athletics a welcoming environment for LGBT students.

As many LGBT people and their supporters went purple for GLAAD's Spirit Day last week, the Los Angeles Unified School District announced an effort to create an environment of safety for all athletes this year through its Out for Safe Schools campaign.

The initiative, now in its second year, is a directive to encourage tolerance and acceptance throughout the LAUSD, and this year it focuses on athletics, urging athletes to set the gold standard of inclusion, rather than perpetuate the stereotype that sports can be a difficult environment for young LGBT people.

"This campaign is going to create an environment where kids feel like they can come to school, and they can get their education," Chris Haddy, a high school athletic director, told ATVN, a broadcast service of the University of Southern California. He and other ADs and coaches in the district have been given rainbow whistles, which are to symbolize blowing the whistle on hate, hazing, and bullying in their schools.

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