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Nobody Chooses To Be Bullied

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 :

This petition was delivered to:
  • Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and Liaison to the Board of Directors
    Shirley Simpson
  • Director of Communications
    Tracey Benson
  • Policy Services Analyst
    Dr. Terry Rowles
  • Policy Services Analyst
    Steve Highlen
  • Policy Services Technical Assistant
    Renae Watson
  • Interim Executive Director
    Dr. Chuck Essigs
  • Arizona School Boards Association
  • Research Analyst
    Michael T. Martin
  • Director of Policy Services
    James Deaton

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