Bill in Jeopardy - Keep California's LGBT Students Safe
  • Petitioned Ricardo Lara

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Ricardo Lara
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Jerry Hill
Chair, Appropriations Committee
Felipe Fuentes
Appropriations Committee
Mike Gatto
Appropriations Committee
Bob Blumenfield
Appropriations Committee
Holly J. Mitchell
Appropriations Committee
Mike Davis
Appropriations Committee
Steven Bradford
Appropriations Committee
Jim Nielsen
Appropriations Committee
Chris Norby
Appropriations Committee
Jose Solorio
Appropriations Committee
Tim Donnelly
Appropriations Committee
Isadore Hall III
Appropriations Committee
Donald P. Wagner
Appropriations Committee
Diane L. Harkey
Appropriations Committee
Charles M. Calderon
Appropriations Committee
Nora Campos

Bill in Jeopardy - Keep California's LGBT Students Safe

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      Equality California

Seth’s Law is at risk. This critical bill, named after Seth Walsh, who took his own life after years of bullying at school, would tighten anti-bullying policies in schools, helping LGBT students to be safe and ensuring that more youth don't take their own lives because of bullying. Stand with Speaker Perez and Chairman Fuentes. Help them pass the bill through the Appropriations Committee without paring it down. Our youth deserve to be fully protected.

 

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    • Jimmy Armstrong POPLARVILLE, MS
      • over 3 years ago

      Someone must be held liable for the welfare of these and all children who are being victimized. Either the states, or the parents. States have recourse and all eyes are on you to do the right thing.

      http://www.change.org/petitions/demand-state-legislators-to-enact-a-zero-tolerance-harassment-law-in-every-state

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    • Lisa Ford Berry CARMICHAEL, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      My name is Lisa Berry. As Sir Thomas Moore once said, “Silence is consent”, for two years I remained silent locked in the worse kind of grief, one cannot simply begin to understand the depth of heartache and pain we lived with after Michael died. It wasn’t until September 2010 that I ended my silence. I sat in front of our television absolutely horrified as one child after the other died as a result of peer abuse driven bullycide. I realized nothing was going to get better until those of us who have lost the most started to speak out. Our schools have become incubators of abuse, and the problems far exceed their stand-alone abilities.

      I remain silent no longer. I have known the dark sorrow of death and that heartache gave birth to my organization B.R.A.V.E. (Bullies Really Are Violating Everyone) When our youngest son, Michael became the victim of a peer abuse driven bullycide on his 17th birthday at Mira Loma High School where he shot himself in the boy’s restroom on September 15, 2008.

      Unbeknownst to us Michael had come under attack by a well-known abuser whose sense of humor was that of a sociopath. Our son’s abuser had a behavioral file a mile wide with a history of progressive remediated punishments that failed to stop the abusive behavior. Instead this student was allowed back in school time after time where he tormented Michael unmercifully on a daily basis. Michael’s abuser proceeded to text, tell, and shout from the roof tops via MySpace and email that Michael was gay, while calling him every vile name in the book. He made Michael’s life a living hell.

      When I think about how we use language to hurt, to abuse, to create harm it hurts me on such a deep level because I love the beauty of language, the written word, the spoken word, the lyrical quality of a well stated argument, the grace of a beautifully written poem or the power and passion of a book that conveys the meaning of life because ones soul gave birth to the words that gave life to the artistry. Words have great power, both the verbal and written word have the ability to change the course of history, the meaning of life, both can sooth, both can heal, and sadly both can destroy. However, it’s when our actions become louder than our words that we need to stop and reconsider the type of people we are becoming. Yes actions speak louder than words, but in the end words have a far greater power, than the action that directs them.

      The torment that our son endured while in the care of Mira Loma should never have been allowed, condoned or accepted, and yet it was. When I think about the school environment that Michael found himself in - I am filled with such sadness, such guilt. I am the one who researched Mira Loma, I am the one who chatted with potential teachers, interviewed the administrators, poured over API scores. I am the one who chose Mira Loma. I am the one who put my child in the pathway of a terroristic sociopath. There are many things in this world that define us, some more so than others, but none that hurt or devastate as much as our child dying. As a grieving parent I live with the fact that my due-diligence was not good enough.

      I live with the horrible heartache of bullycide. I live with the shadow of sorrow breathing across my soul. I live with the looks. I live with the stares. I live with the whispers. I live with the pain. I have always said the angels danced the day my boys were born. They were and are my greatest blessings, and the death of my son Michael is my greatest heartache, while my son Robert remains my greatest joy.

      We are in need of our legislators to legislate. Our children deserve the best laws and the greatest protection under those laws. We have a responsibility to keep them safe. Currently peer abuse is dumbed down, adults underestimate the horror of it by calling it teasing, bullying, playing - we even hear the accepted excuse kids will be kids! Peer driven abuse is the only form of abuse where we say, “It’s an accepted part of childhood”.

      • We don’t tell women who are abused, it’s part of marriage and or a relationship.

      • We don’t tell children who are abused by adults; it’s a rite of passage.

      • We don’t tell our elders who are abused, it’s part of growing old

      And yet we give our children every one of those excuses. We need to change our actions, and shift our attitudes. I want our communities actively dealing with peer driven abuse. I want parents involved. I want teachers empowered. I want administrators invested. I want people outraged. Peer driven abuse is every bit as horrendous as any other type of abuse, and our behaviors, attitude, opinions, and laws need to reflect that belief. Peer abuse is a public health crisis that requires immediate attention and effective interventions. I support the Michael Joseph Berry Bullying Prevention Act 2011, along with the Seth Walsh Bill, and urge all of you to do so as well.

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    • Sara Mains VALLEJO, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Please do not let this critical law slip out of sight! We need to protect children from intimidation and bullying so that all kids have a chance at getting a real education.

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    • Hitesh Bussie PLEASANT HILL, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      This bill is great and we seriously need it!

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    • cristol perez ROWLAND HEIGHTS, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Absolutely necessary !!

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