- Clay County Schools Warning
- Grayson County Schools Warning
- Red Bird Mission School Warning
The warnings went out by email and copies faxed today to each school. So far, the Superintendent of Grayson County Schools has responded to Kentucky Equality Federation, opening dialogue by email with Kentucky Equality Federation's School Bullying Committee.
"Kentucky Equality Federation has received multiple reports from each school," said Kentucky Equality Federation President Jordan Palmer. "The problem is the lack of enforcement and an lack of understanding of existing Kentucky school bullying laws. From Principals and Guidance Counselors to Teachers, they are not aware of the Commonwealth's existing school bullying laws, which was confirmed today after speaking to multiple parents and a County Attorney."
Palmer continued: "We have reports that some children have attempted suicide: School officials have contacted parents stating they found razor marks on a teenager's arm. Another was preparing to take a lethal dose of acetaminophen, along with other deliberate self injuries. These students are being offensively labeled as fat, fa--ot, grease monkey, wetback, sl-t, and ni--er just to name a few. As if this hate speech wasn't enough, some victims are also being pushed into lockers, held against their will in restrooms, and tripped down stairs. The situation has gotten out of control, and, if these school authorities will not protect their students, we will seek legal protection for them. That this goes on unchallenged by authority figures is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated any further."
The National Bully Police gives the Commonwealth's anti-bullying laws an A++ Rating. House Bill 91 was proposed in 2008 and passed by the Kentucky House of Representatives. The Senate passed it, and it was signed into law by The Honorable Steve Beshear, governor of the commonwealth, on April 15, 2008. The law is commonly referred to as “The Golden Rule Act.”
“The Commonwealth has apparently made no effort to educate or enforce KRS Chapter 508, KRS 158.444, KRS 158.148, KRS 525.070, or KRS 525.080," Palmer said. "One Guidance Counselor stated she had never even heard of these laws, when they were pointed out to her by Kentucky Equality Federation.”
“It does absolutely no good to pass new legislation when existing legislation isn’t being enforced or education officials have no knowledge of the law,” stated Kentucky Equality Federation Vice President of Policy & Public Relations, Joshua Koch. “How can someone be certified as a ‘Guidance Counselor’ and have no knowledge of the law? Why is the principal of the school, the chief administrator, allowing their subordinates to remain ignorant of new laws? Kentucky Equality Federation is not simply an equality organization, we also seek to enhance the lives of all children and fight school bullying. We regret that it has fallen to us to keep these school systems informed of new education laws, as this shows a systemic flaw in Kentucky's education community.”
Palmer stated that each school had until March 30th to comply with the following:
- Allow Kentucky Equality Federation officials to discuss school bullying with the entire student body of each school. Combating school bullying is one of Kentucky Equality Federation's principal goals in its mission statement.
- Implement a school bullying reporting policy.
- Educate all school officials on Kentucky school bullying laws.
- Begin immediate enforcement of Kentucky school bullying laws.
Kentucky Equality Federation will sue on behalf of the bullied in any school that does not work with us on these issues.