My Transgender Daughter at an LAUSD Elementary

My Transgender Daughter at an LAUSD Elementary

Everything seemed to be going smoothly until “the note” arrived. A few weeks into the school year, Ally found an anonymous letter stuffed in her backpack that read (in children’s writing), “You are a boy, not a girl, get that thru your head.” This was very hurtful and upsetting to Ally. She tore up the note and cried, not understanding why someone would want to be so mean.

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Pattie Fitzgerald: This Is How Schools Should Deal with Bullying

Pattie Fitzgerald: This Is How Schools Should Deal with Bullying

Nearly one out of four students reported being bullied during the school year, according to a 2015 report from the National Center for Education Statistics.  The stats are even worse if a child identifies as LGBTQ, with most of the bullying peaking in middle school. The consequences are alarming, with more and more victims inflicting self-harm, including cutting and suicide attempts. 

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