Friday, May 25, 2012

Bullying bill bullied

Father of teen who committed suicide pleads for anti-bullying bill that protects all students

This Canadian Catholic News story by Deborah Gyapong from Ottawa makes a plea for dealing with ALL bullying by means of one policy.

The father of suicide victim Jamie Hubley made an emotional plea May 22 at an Ontario government social policy committee hearing that legislators adopt an anti-bullying bill that does not single out any group for special treatment.

"I ask you to protect every child equally," Ottawa City Councillor Allan Hubley told public hearings in Ottawa on two proposed anti-bullying bills: Bill 14 (renamed Bill 80) and Bill 13.

The suicide of the openly gay teenager who committed suicide in October at the age of 15 became a driving force for Bill 13 of Ontario's Dalton McGuinty government, which mandates student-led "gay-straight alliances" (GSAs) even in Catholic schools, and considers hatred of homosexual people to be a main cause of bullying.

For full story see The B.C. Catholic website.

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