Make students with mental illnesses protected under the Dignity for All Students Act

Make students with mental illnesses protected under the Dignity for All Students Act

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Petition to
New York State Department Of Education

Why this petition matters

Started by Logan Feszczyszyn

My name is Logan Feszczyszyn and I am a freshman in High School at Honeoye Falls-Lima central school district. I have been bullied for years, people have harrassed me for my appearence, hobbies and sometimes my weight. But through out it all the thing that I have been bullied for the most is issues with my mental health. From 5th grade until 7th I was living in an abusive household and the only place I was able to show my emotions was at school. I consistently had mental breakdowns, outbursts and episodes. Since then, those behaviors have stopped. Despite me now being able to regulate emotions and express them in a better way out of school, I am consistantly harrassed and bullied because of the outbursts. I have told school administraters, counslors and even teachers. These issues have been adressed but every time one student stops just for others to continue, and oftentimes , the student continues after a few weeks of leaving me alone. I had enough and decided to file a report through the New York State Education Department's Dignity for All Students (DASA.) For those unfamiliar, DASA "seeks to provide the State’s public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function." When I filled out and submitted the report, I was told that I did not fall under a "protected class." After looking into it I found that the protected classes are as follows:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Weight
  • National Origin
  • Ethnic Group
  • Religion
  • Religious Practice
  • Disability
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender
  • Sex

What is missing from that list? MENTAL HEALTH DISABILITIES.


Some of the most vulnerable students are not protected under this act! I am calling on the New York State Department of Education to make that change.

Please put your name on this petition to make this happen!

153 have signed. Let’s get to 200!