Which Actor, Who Played a Bullied Kid, Confessed to Hazing A Group Of Naked Younger Guys?

BLIND ITEMS — "This actor just barely out of his teens, recently confessed to a friend that he did something he regrets terribly when he was younger. Several years ago he claims he was allegedly part of hazing a group of younger guys, and the hazing went too far. He didn’t say exactly what they did, only that the boys were naked and humiliated. The boys who were the victims never pressed charges, but to this day the young actor feels guilty about it. It might not seem that salacious, but in the show this star acted in, he played a child getting bullied." [BuzzFoto]

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Meet George Atis, The Douchebag Hockey Dad Who Bullied The Single Female Player Off His Son’s Team

Kayla Watkins is 12. She plays hockey. On a team that's otherwise all-boys. Or she did, until George Atis, a father of a male teammate who didn't like her playing skills, bullied Kayla into quitting the team. Great job, douche.

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Watch: Sigourney Weaver Tears Up Over Bullied Gay Teens

 

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Sigourney Weaver appeared on CNN's American Morning yesterday to talk about her role as Mary Griffith, the real-life mother of a bullied gay teen, whom she portrayed in Prayers for Bobby, which is now out on DVD.

The issue of bullied gay teens clearly resonates with Weaver, who choked up talking about the role. She also talks about lgbt civil rights and 'DADT' briefly at the end of the clip.

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Bullied Student Files Suit

Last week, Russell Dickerson, a 19-year-old former student of the Aberdeen School District in Washington state, filed suit against his former school district claiming that the school district should be liable for the hostile educational environment created by bullies who taunted him over his race, sex, and perceived sexual orientation. He asserts that his academic progress was hindered by the bullying. In addition, he claims that his experience in the school district led him to suffer from extreme emotional distress and psychological damage, which resulted in a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Dickerson asserts that from 2003 until 2009, he was called names, such as “stupid nigger,” “nappy ho,” and “faggot.” Notes were posted on his back calling him a “stupid nigger” and “dog.” Aside from verbal harassment, he was subject to physical harassment in the halls and in the cafeteria, such as pinching, fondling, and spitting. In one incident, three students pushed him to the floor and smashed a raw egg on his head. In addition, Dickerson was subject to other forms of harassment – including the threat of being lynched – after students in the district set up a fake MySpace page that taunted Dickerson because of his race and perceived sexual orientation.

The suit claims that school district officials were aware that Dickerson was being bullied but failed to take actions to address it. One assistant principal recommended that Dickerson change his style of clothing if he wanted to avoid harassment. Another assistant principal suggested that Dickerson refrain from reporting bullying. Nevertheless, Dickerson and his parents repeatedly reported incidents of bullying to district administrators, both verbally and in writing.

The ACLU of Washington is representing the student in the suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Tacoma. The suit says that the deliberate indifference to ongoing harassment by Aberdeen School District violated federal law – Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protects students from discrimination based on race, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which protects students from discrimination based on sex. The suit also says that the district violated state anti-discrimination law.

Currently, no federal statute explicitly protects students from being discriminated against by schools because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. HRC is working to address this omission in our nation’s laws by lobbying Congress to pass the Student Non-Discrimination Act, a bill introduced this year by Senator Franken and Congressman Polis that prohibits schools from discriminating against public school students on the basis of the student’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.


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When Officials Turn a Blind Eye To Bullied Gays Adults

Dutch gays are used to taking abuse from American military leaders, but for one gay couple the abuse came from some neighborhood youths in Utrecht, southeast of Amsterdam (where the couple moved). In a lawsuit seeking 40,000 euros in damages, the couple claims police there did little to investigate the "material and immaterial damage" the harassment caused. The couple also wants Utrecht officials to be forced to prosecute the teens, though Mayor Aleid Wolfsen says without any witnesses there's nothing authorities can do. And in other news out of the Netherlands, The Gays there are organizing a protest against American rap group Jedi Mind Tricks performing there, since they have lyrics like, "Beat a faggot till he ain't fuckin’ gay no more."


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Watch: Hillary Clinton Records Message for Bullied Gay Teens

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has added her voice to the "It Gets Better" campaign, recording a message of hope for LGBT teens who have been bullied.

Says Clinton: "Take heart. And have hope. And please remember that your life is valuable, and that you are not alone. Many people are standing with you and sending you their thoughts, their prayers, and their strength. Count me among them."

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Cho’s Message for Bullied Teens

MARGARET CHO IT GETS BETTER X390 (GRAB) | ADVOCATE.COM“We need you,” Margaret Cho says in her new video for the “It Gets Better” campaign. “The world cannot go on without you.”
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Video: Minnesota ‘family’ guy to bullied victims: Just nicely ask them to stop, duh

What does the National Organization For Marriage’s partner in Minnesota, the Minnesota Family Council, suggest bullied LGBT students do to combat their situation? Well, MFC leader Chuck Darrell thinks the vulnerable kids should just march right into that school and tell the bullies to stop making their lives and a living, lunch money-deprived hell:

You know, because that’s how it usually works. It’s not that the kid is picked on because he or she is smaller or different or in some way more susceptible. No, no — it’s because the victim simply hasn’t stood up enough. That was totally your experience in the American school system, right? [::eye roll, head shake, murmuring of word that starts like 'bully' but ends in 'it'::]

Convenient logic, Mr. Darrell. But here’s what we think: We think that LGBT students would literally, tangibly, demonstrably experience a change in their tormented, “kick me”-d state if groups like MFC and NOM would stop launching television campaigns against gay people’s simple right to love and would instead start focusing on how grown adults can instead steward a civil realm where all citizens are equally protected. Kids internalize these messages. Even younger children who may not be savvy enough to understand political complexities hear the messaging, either directly or from the parents or family members or acquaintances who have adopted it. And it’s completely obvious and sadly understandable how and why some who hear such hostility proceed to interpret it as a pass. A pass to write off certain people as different or abnormal. A pass to tease these people as if they are animals in a zoo. A pass to taunt kids who are perceived to fit a certain mold. A pass to vote, if not yet with a ballot then with a mean-spirited prank instead.

So you want the bullied LGBT kids of Minnesota to drive over to a responsible party’s house and confront a root of the antipathy? Well then: What’s MFC’s address again?




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Maggie = ‘bullied’ one, apparently; Also: down = up, apparently

Screen Shot 2010-10-06 At 4.59.56 PmI think fundamentally we’re just going to have to man-up on this one,” … “The one most repeated command in the Bible is ‘be not afraid.’ We really have to take these bullies on and show them that they can’t win by silencing or intimidating opposition.

-Person who earns her living attacking gay people’s civil marriages, Maggie Gallagher, describing the “bullies” who are supposedly the mean ones for working towards a goal of having people like her simply LEAVE. THEM. ALONE. [QUOTE SOURCE]

Yes, please, by all means — “man-up,” Maggie. In terms of both feasibility and civil fairness, turning your own union into a same-sex one would be infinitely more preferable than your current war to stop the inevitable tide that is civil marriage equality!




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Bullied At School? Email This MMA Fighter And He’ll, Uh, Remove The Jerk

"Anybody that's getting bullied in the whole U.S. can shoot me an email at dp@knockoutsgym.com," says former WWE performer and MMA fighter Daniel Puder, who offers these simple instructions: "You email me, I'll go fly to your school … and we'll go talk to the bullies for you." Yeah. Talk. Maybe GLSEN should put this guy on retainer.

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