ZipperInt, on Jul 29 2003, 04:37 AM, said:
The solution of a separate school is not long-term or desirable - the serious bullies will find other targets . . .
And what about the bullies' new
targets? (I note that there isn't a bit of statistical information regarding the preponderance of bullying, abuse, or whatever to back up this decision. I'm surprised. Statistics are usually part of the first philosophical salvo.) I mean, all kinds of kids get bullied and abused. It doesn't just happen to the gay kids. (Again . . . can anyone point out statistics that suggest that gay kids get bullied more often than, for example, the "geeks" or "nerds," and to a degree that really cries out for a special school for them.)
How many of us were bullied and abused in school? How many of us could have used a safe haven for learning? ::: raises hand :::
Is segregation ever an answer?
Secondly, there's the obvious point that if people know you go to Milk High, they know you're gay. And that does paint a bullseye on you. You may be safe inside, but your sexuality is now a matter of public record. That in and of itself, is something that should make these people uncomfortable. If being gay is really *that* dangerous, then that high school is like living in a Jewish settlement in the middle of the West Bank. Wall yourself off all you like, but those places still take mortar fire from the outside.
An excellent point. Not unlike rounding up all these kids and making them wear pink triangles. It'd be just like the old days. Y'know, in [censored to avoid invoking Godwin's law]. In fact, I can conceive of some pretty insidious things that could be done here in the name of providing a safe haven. (We're putting you in this camp for your own protection . . .
Whoops. I hit Godwin's law after all, didn't I?
Oh, so did Uncle Sid
Next, even though it's the people trying to protect gays who are working on this now, they're certainly providing a convenient excuse for people who might want to segregate gays, "for their own safety", except that they have a very different idea of what "safety" means
Edited by Drew, 30 July 2003 - 12:40 AM.