the new segregation
Yes, everyone and their blog-brother is commenting on New York's gay public high school, but that won't stop me from adding my two cents.
I've always been a big advocate of gay rights, but this decision does not sit right with me.
This is a typical liberal suggestion: stigmatize the victim, reward the victimizer. While I do believe these kids will benefit from a fear-free environment in which to learn, I see too many ways this is a bad, bad idea.
Basically, the public school system in New York is saying "we can't handle the problem of gay bashing in our schools, so we'll just make the mess go away by making the gay students go away."
What a boon the public school administrators. They don't have to deal with support groups, weeping students, harassment lawsuits and the whole sticky mess that erupts when gay students want to go to the prom together. They are, in effect, kowtowing to the anti-gay crowd by doing this, while trying to come off as champions of gay rights.
What kind of precedent do they set when they feel the best way to deal with bullying and harrasment in schools is to remove the victims from the schools? Why isn't the administration taking care of the people who are actually doing the victimizing? Where is the reform school for bullies?
Remember that problem I had with DJ and his bully this past school year? Remember how I was angered that the administration wanted to find out what made the bully tick, and whether or not my son had been sending out signals that he should be picked on? Now, imagine if they had suggested my son go to a special school for kids who are picked on. Remove him from the situation and it goes away, right? Wrong. I wouldn't have stood for it.
By removing the gay kids from the situation, they are giving the bullies and gay-bashers a clear win. Those strong-armed kids will now be thinking "Hey, if there's a group of people I don't like, I can just pick on them until the school gets rid of them for me."
This is not sound thinking on the part of NYC schools. They have done nothing to reduce the harassment, nothing to teach the bullies about proper behavior and respecting fellow human beings, nothing to punish the kids who reduce others to tears because they are different.
This is where our society has gone wrong and it's completely a liberal thing. All this nonsense about feelings, and all the touchy-feely handling of victimizers has gotten out of hand. Columbine was a result of that. Columbine was not a gun issue. It was an issue of kids getting to the breaking point because no one would hear them, no one would dare blame the bullies and instead blamed the kids for looking or acting different than your normal, run-of-the-mill jock or class president.
So what happens when the gay students are shuttled off to another school? I know what it does not do. It does not make the situation any better, it only sweeps a portion of the situation under the rug. You're still left with bigoted, small minded kids in the other school. You have not taught them anything good. The only lesson learned here is that if you act brutish enough, people will remove your enemies out of your way. What a fabulous lesson to take out into the world after high school, eh?
I also imagine that the high school will become a focal point for anti-gay activists, now that they know where to find a whole bunch of gay kids in one place. It's like sticking a target on their head and yelling "Ready, Aim, Fire!" to their opponents.