SANTA CRUZ -- County school districts are targeting a common problem: bullying.Seth Walsh's problem was not his sexual orientation. No one knew his sexual orientation. He was only 13 years old. His problem was that his single mom tried to rear him as gay, even tho he wanted a girlfriend. The kid might have been fine if he had a dad.
To curb the mean-spirited behavior that often involves students singling out a classmate for ridicule or exclusion, school district leaders countywide are ramping up enforcement as part of a new state law known as AB 9, or Seth's Law.
The law was named after 13-year-old Seth Walsh, who killed himself in September 2010 after years of harassment from classmates based on his sexual orientation.
Minnesota has passed an anti-bullying law that defines bullying as:
use of one or a series of words, images, or actions, transmitted directly or indirectly between individuals or through technology, that a reasonable person knows or should know, under the circumstances, will have the effect of interfering with the ability of an individual, including a student who observes the conduct, to participate in a safe and supportive learning environment.This is ridiculously vague and contrary to free speech.
The much bigger problem for grade school boys is that most of the teachers are women, and they force the boys to behave like girls.