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Resource ID: #25826
Subject: Education
Source: Rolling Stone
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Date: February 16, 2012

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In her article "School of Hate," Contributing Editor Sabrina Rubin Erdely exposes a history of institutional intolerance in the heartland that helped lead to a rash of LGBT teen suicides. The article delves into a harrowing crisis within Minnesota's largest school district, Anoka-Hennepin. Located in Michele Bachmann's congressional district, evangelicals prevailed upon the school board to squelch any mention of homosexuality in the classroom, instituting a policy which became dubbed as "No Homo Promo." The policy helped foster an extreme climate of fear and hate, which led to LGBT students being relentlessly bullied and isolated -- and in the span of two years, nine district students would take their own lives in a frightening "suicide cluster." Erdely's deeply reported look at the lives of these teens, the policies that contributed to their deaths and the efforts of some community members to fight back against the forces of ignorance and hate creates an article of stunning impact which not only haunts the reader well after finishing, but also helped bring about swift change.

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