Over the past two years nine young people have committed suicide in Michele Bachmann's backyard - or at least the Minnesota school districts she represents. Many more have attempted to take their own lives leading state public health officials to slap a "suicide contagion area" label on the region because of the high levels.
The lawsuit contends that LGBT students and students perceived as LGBT were subjected to anti-LGBT slurs on a daily basis and were physically threatened or attacked by peers. While many of these abuses occurred in front of teachers or were reported to school officials, school personnel almost always took insufficient action to stop the abuse.
"Any effort to promote adolescent health and safety must take into account the additional stressors these youth experience because of their sexual orientation, such as stigma, discrimination, and victimization."