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Extended Advisory addresses tolerance

Posted By David Han On March 25, 2009 @ 12:45 am In News | No Comments

South’s Committee on Programming (COP) encouraged the support of yesterday’s extended Advisory to address issues of homophobia in light of recent incidents.

In a meeting during last Thursday’s professional development, Principal Brian Salzer made sure that the entire faculty was informed as to the nature of recent events. He ensured that the faculty was well-prepared to address the issue with their Advisories.

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) founder and history teacher Robert Parlin believes that the much-needed meeting united the faculty in addressing homophobia at South.

The extended Advisory centered on building a safe environment for all students. Statistics were presented concerning harassment toward high school lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual (LGBT) students.

Science teacher Alex Kraus feels that creating dialogue between faculty and students is a good start in confronting homophobia and intolerance.

“It’s important that there is an ongoing conversation that provides a venue for safe discussion on a sensitive issue, as well as a chance for students to voice their own beliefs and concerns, he said.

Although Kraus is glad that South has taken initiative to raise awareness about the issue, he feels that homophobia should be discussed daily.

Parlin feels that people can at the very least be aware of what happened and become more supportive of students who struggle with their sexuality.

Spanish teacher Viviana Planine suggests incorporating discussion on this topic into teaching.
“You need to be aware of what you are hearing all the time, Planine said. “I know sometimes for younger people, it’s really hard to say ‘ËœI don’t like that.’ We should try to empower students to say that.

Planine, who leads an Advisory of freshman students, worries about how issues like homophobia undermine the safety of the school.

Parlin feels that although South has come very far in issues of racism, sexism, and homophobia, such issues can never be completely eliminated.

“It’s hard to know what exactly to do, Parlin said. “I hope there will be more straight allies in the building taking action and speaking up. It should be the majority groups that take the lead.

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[1] South repudiates homophobia: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/03/25/south-repudiates-homophobia/

[2] Parlin, Brandeis students lead South discussion on overcoming homophobia: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/02/15/parlin-brandeis-students-lead-south-discussion-on-overcoming-homophobia/

[3] Policy 3: Supervision after school: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/09/30/policy-3-supervision-after-school/

[4] T’BGLAD raises awareness at South: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2008/12/17/t%e2%80%99bglad-raises-awareness-at-south/

[5] Latino Student Union brings culture to South: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/12/06/latino-student-union-brings-culture-to-south/

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