Respect For All News RoundupFriday 03, April 2009
By Brittney Shepherd, Staff Producer | Latest News
News from around the world that directly connects to the issues GroundSpark works on in our Respect for All Project!
Teen Commits Suicide Due to Bullying: Parents Sue School for Son’s Death
In a federal lawsuit, the parents of Eric Mohat allege that their son committed suicide after being tormented by bullies at his Mentor, Ohio, High School. They say the school knew about the bullying and failed to protect their son. The lawsuit — filed March 27, alleges that the quiet but likable boy, who was involved in theater and music, was called “gay,” “fag,” “queer” and “homo” and often in front of his teachers. Most of the harassment took place in math class and the teacher — an athletic coach — was accused of failing to protect the boy.
Iowa Court Voids Gay Marriage Ban
The Iowa Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling Friday finding that the state’s same-sex marriage ban violates the constitutional rights of gay and lesbian couples, making Iowa the third state where marriage will be legal!
Sweden Allows Same-Sex Marriage
In a sweeping 261-22 vote, Sweden has now become the 7th country to legally recognized same-sex marriages.
“The decision means that gender no longer has an impact on the ability to marry,” the government said on its website.
DHS sends boy home for dressing as a girl
A Florida teen wearing jeans, a t-shirt, padded brad and high-heeled boots was sent home earlier this week for wearing what his school deemed “inappropriate” clothing. “In the Marion County Code of Student Conduct, the handbook overseen by a committee of parents, principals and a rotating School Board member, it’s plainly stated students must dress “in keeping with their gender.”