The Arizona School Boards Association recently created a new policy defining harassment as: "Harassment is intentional behavior by a student or group of
students that is disturbing or threatening to another student or group of
students. Intentional behaviors that characterize harassment include, but
are not limited to, stalking, hazing, social exclusion, name calling, unwanted
physical contact and unwelcome verbal or written comments, photographs
and graphics. Harassment may be related, but not limited to, race, religious
orientation, sexual preference, cultural background, economic status, size or
personal appearance. Harassing behaviors can be direct or indirect and by
use of social media”.
"Sexual preference" suggests a degree of voluntary choice. Sexual orientation is not chosen. Why would students choose to be bullied? Tell the Arizona School Boards Association to replace sexual preference with actual and perceived sexual orientation and gender identity into their definition of harassment. Nobody chooses to be bullied.
View policy here : http://thebullyingproject.org/storage/ASBA.pdf
"Sexual preference" suggests a degree of voluntary choice. Sexual orientation is not chosen. Why would students choose to be bullied? Nobody chooses to be bullied.