If you read the headlines over the weekend or today, you might have noticed the American Family Association campaigning against the Southern Poverty Law Center’s anti-bullying program taking place in schools during this month, because supposedly the Mix It Up At Lunch Day encourages “normalizing” homosexual behavior. So, what is Mix It Up at Lunch Day? Here’s a snippet from the SPLC’s website about it being a program designed to essentially encourage breaking away from cliques and sitting with peers who they haven’t sat with before during lunch:
Hmmm….do you see the conspiracy? Nope? Here’s what the AFA has to say about mix It Up Day- and the gay conspiracy behind the campaign:
In addition Bryan Fischer, Director of the AFA has this to say: “The reality is we are not a hate group. We are a truth group. We tell the truth about homosexual behavior.”
Oh so they tell the truth? According to Gawker they’ve said this in the past about not just LGBT people, but also Muslims:
That doesn’t seem like the truth to me….nope, in fact that seems like a lot of malicious hate.
I’m even more disturbed that this right-wing bigoted group was able to convince schools to cancel their anti-bullying day period.
“By Friday, about 200 schools had canceled, Ms. Costello said. But exactly why was unclear. Of 20 schools that had canceled and were contacted by The New York Times, only one chose to comment.” –Christian Group Finds Gay Agenda in an Anti-Bullying Day, New York Times Article
Well you can pretty much guess why these schools cancelled their anti-bullying programing…
Why is this disturbing because, Recent School Bullying and Cyberbullying Statistics Show That:
- 1 out of 4 kids are Bullied.
77% of students are bullied mentally, verbally, & physically. Cyberbullying statistics are rapidly approaching similar numbers, with 43% experiencing cyberbullying.
- Of the 77% of students that said they had been bullied, 14% of those who were bullied said they experienced severe (bad) reactions to the abuse.
- 1 in 5 students admit to being a bully, or doing some “Bullying.”
Each day 160,000 students miss school for fear of being bullied.
- 43% of kids fear harassment in the bathroom at school.
- 100,000 students carry a gun to school.
- 28% of youths who carry weapons have witnessed violence at home.
282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month.
- More youth violence occurs on school grounds as opposed to on the way to school.
Playground school bullying statistics – Every 7 minutes a child is bullied. Adult intervention – 4%. Peer intervention – 11%. No intervention – 85%.
Statistics from Ambassadors For Kids Club
Those FACTS about bullying don’t just include gay kids or kids who are in the closet- these bullying facts include EVERYONE. For schools to allow groups like the AFA to have such power with their smear campaigns (aka verbal bullying tactics) that leads influencing public and private school officials to cancel important, positive and possibly transformational non-violent anti-bullying programming is mind-boggling to me! Rant!
What’s even more disturbing than even those facts about bullying in the U.S. is that these AFA and like-minded groups are basically stating through these campaigns ‘we want to keep our right to bully whether violently or mentally LGBT youth and adults’. They’ve completely demonized LGBT people, and it’s a failure on our part to give them the gleeful satisfaction of seeing their hatred produce results, by schools canceling anti-bullying days, instead of standing up to this bigotry. In essence, by canceling the anti-bullying programming school officials are supporting the bullies- and AFA being the most obvious one.
What can you do about this? Call your youth’s school to show support for the anti-bullying programming! That would be one step in the right direction.