Posts tagged ‘Discrimination’

June 11th, 2012

‘Teaching Moment’ Sparks Debate Over Speech

by Christopher O'Brien

By Chris O’Brien

As 90 Wolcott High students prepared to make a statement against bullying on April 20th, junior Seth Groody came to school to make his own statement against what he perceives as a political agenda taking root.  “I don’t agree with gay marriage. If the school system publicly endorses that and wants to force it down my throat, then I can show that I don’t approve,” says Seth.

 

Back side of a shirt worn in protest at Wolcott HighOn April 20th, Seth arrived at Wolcott High School wearing a t-shirt that read “Excessive Speech Day” and an image of man and woman holding hands. On the front was the familiar gay rights symbol of a rainbow – with a red slash through it. The ACLU’s Connecticut chapter accused school officials of censoring the shirt and setting a double standard. It is the second time that the ACLU has complained about civil rights violations at Wolcott High School during the 2011-2012 school year.


School officials; however say that the Groody’s and ACLU’s perception of what occurred was incorrectly reported. The Whisper reached out to school officials on Friday.

Superintendent Macary noted that the April 20th Day of Silence observance was organized by a student club called Friends of Rachel. “It was a day designated to promote tolerance, diversity and talent,” Macary tells the Whisper.

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May 22nd, 2011

Opinion: Legislature Disregards Logic

by LonSeidman

While the state grappled with a multibillion dollar budget crisis, some state legislators, including Sen. Beth Bye of West Harford, Reps. Holder-Winfield of New Haven and Geoff Luxenberg of Manchester worked on a bill to extend the current protections for housing, workplace, and other facets of life to people who are confused on whether they are male or female. Perhaps, well meaning, but legislators are not considering the confusion this legislation will cause to the public.

Trans-gendered people suffer from Sexual Identity Disorder, a problem recognized by

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