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Saugus students take on bullying

Posted: April 12, 2010 10:42 p.m.
Updated: April 13, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
The week of March 8, the Saugus High School community proved they are willing to tackle the important problem of anti-LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) bullying in our schools.

Coordinated by the Saugus High School Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club, students and staff members took the pledge to become an Ally and not condone anti-LGBT bullying or harassment at school.

The first line of the pledge reads, “I believe all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, deserve to feel safe and supported,” a value that the Saugus community embraced beyond the expectations of club members.

“I felt it made our student body think about what they are saying,” said GSA events coordinator Emily Coffin.

A group picture of the Allies was taken at the end of the week, although, it only captures some of the 350 participants of the uplifting and encouraging week.

The next event the Saugus High School GSA is organizing is the April 16 Day of Silence, a voluntary, silent expression of the struggles LGBT students face at school.

More information about Day of Silence and Ally Week can be found at www.glsen.org. For information on the SHS GSA, search “Saugus High Gay-Straight Alliance” on Facebook.

Ryan King is a student at Saugus High School.

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