Wake County Schools

Wake schools considers adding 'sexual orientation' to discrimination policy

Posted May 26, 2015

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— Wake County school board members are considering adding “sexual orientation” to the district’s discrimination policy.

The current policy prohibits discrimination based on a variety of factors, including race, religion and disability.

Adding sexual orientation is part of an effort by Wake schools to streamline its policies, most of which have already been altered to align with recommendations from the North Carolina School Boards Association. The association does not include sexual orientation in their discrimination policy.

Sexual orientation is already included in the district’s bullying and harassment policies.

Adding it to the discrimination policy is long overdue, Wake County school board member Jim Martin said.

“Sexual orientation is something people have become more aware of,” he said. “It has been something that we have been cognizant about with regard to bullying aspects for many, many years, and it is time to go ahead and put it in policy.”

Board members have not said when they will vote on the addition.

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  • John Dees May 27, 2015
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    I am with you on this. Stay out of consenting adults business. Where it becomes a problem is when you allow them to involve children. I am with the group that says let gay people alone and give them the benefits but keep them away from having children. That should be illegal to the point of felony. The children don't have a choice in the matter. Putting them in a situation where they have to deal with and try to understand having two dads and or the unrelenting social pressure and teasing at school is not something a child should have to deal with. Kids are pretty rude these days.

  • Anne Havisham May 27, 2015
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    A: Because some bigoted people don't view people who belong to certain groups as being human enough to merit having human rights.

    A: Because some people believe that they are punishing a person for behaviors when they are abusing them as a reaction to their own prejudices.

    A: Because some people truly need to be told not to use a hair dryer in the shower.

  • Anne Havisham May 27, 2015
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    I was aiming for well-constructed irony.

  • Ashley Moore May 27, 2015
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    Why does anyone need to label types of discrimination? How about a blanket "don't discriminate" policy?

  • Chris Holder May 27, 2015
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    I don't think you understand non-discrimination policy...

  • Matt Kohr May 27, 2015
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    just because someone has a different sexual orientation does not give the schools the right to create ways to discriminate against them. Singling this group of people out ... or "targeting"... goes against everything this country was founded upon.

  • Kathryn Adams May 27, 2015
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    Correct, the Constitution was not created to address "moral" issues, which is why trying to ban gay marriage by screaming "it's immoral!" or "it's against MY religion" won't work. If you want to ban something you need to prove that it causes actual harm, either to individuals or to society. Allowing two consenting unrelated adults to marry and benefit from all the legal benefits of marriage harms absolutely no one. What those bans actually do is violate the Fourteenth Amendment by denying an individual or a group the equal protection of the laws.

  • Chase Truman May 27, 2015
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    Educating kids about a topic that they probably don't know much about doesn't take away from the rights and protection of anyone else. And it seems this sort of education is needed to help cut down on the abundance of bullying cases that are present in the schools today against gay and transgender kids.... which proves that the "abstinence of education" on these subjects have only increased violence against these groups and have resulted in judgement and segregation of anyone who is "different". People often don't accept what they don't understand, so maybe if they can teach these kids how to understand sexual orientation better, it will become more accepted. How does that not make sense to you? SMH

  • Mike Watson May 27, 2015
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    It is NOT just a moral issue. It is also a legal issue as marriage license is a contract between two parties that allows certain benefits and tights.

  • Chase Truman May 27, 2015
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    So, the Supreme Court has no idea, but you do? Wow, you must think very highly of yourself.

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