While progress has been made in schools regarding bullying and inappropriate treatment of gay and LGBT students and educators, there is still much work to do, UFT Vice President Sterling Roberson told the City Council Education Committee during a hearing on Feb. 25.
“We are past the point of asking a question about whether LGBT students face intolerance and are treated as different,” Roberson said. “The headlines blast tragic details about young people taking their own lives burdened by the weight of bullying and harassment. Most stories don’t receive a national spotlight, but the harm is pervasive nevertheless.”
Among the solutions Roberson recommended were programs such as the one at PS/MS 278 in Washington Heights, which introduced a No More Bullying Club and its successor, the Celebrating Diversity Club.