Union Scioto Considers Changing Anti-Bullying Policy

By
Cheri Russo

Dateline
Updated Thu, Nov 10, 2011 12:51 pm

The superintendent of Union-Scioto Local Schools says they are considering adopting an anti-bullying policy which includes sexual orientation and gender identity in the wake of an attack on a gay 15-year-old student that was caught on video.

"It's something that we're looking at but a change hasn't been made as of right now," says Dwight Garrett.

You can watch the video of the attack above courtesy of WSYX Channel 6 in Columbus.

Garrett says he expects a decision on whether a change in policy will be made at the Chillicothe-area school by the end of the year.

More than 75,000 people have joined a campaign on change.org asking for the change in policy.

Bret Thompson launched the petition.

"It is inspiring to see so much support for my petition on Change.org," says Thompson. "Now it is time for the school district to respond to the 75,000 people who want all students protected in the Union-Scioto School District - including LGBT students."

Garrett says the student who attacked the gay student was initially given a three-day suspension as punishment, but once the video surfaced, the district revisited the punishment.

He will not say what punishment was given.
 

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