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End bullying and discrimination in our schools

The recent event of a gay youth in Ottawa taking their life because of intolerable levels of discrimination has crystallized the need for urgency and fortitude in our actions.

“It’s just too hard” wrote Jamie “I don’t want to wait 3 more years, this hurts too much. How do you even know it will get better? It’s not.”

This was one of the last documented statements by Jamie Hubley, a local gay youth who tragically took his life on Friday, October 14.

We need to come together as community leaders, educators and concerned citizens and stand up against this injustice.

We cannot continue to take small steps to end these ongoing tragedies. Discrimination and bullying must stop and we must all speak up!

--->> What we are calling for:

We call upon the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board to make immediate changes to how they enforce their safe schools policy: to demand teachers and administrators intervene when they see discrimination happening in school environments; to make GLBTTQ diversity and inclusive space training mandatory for all teachers and administrators; and to include age-appropriate GLBTTQ history, health and awareness as part of the curriculum for students.

--->> How you can help:

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