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|Gay Cobb County teens work to pass anti-bullying policies|
|Written by Dyana Bagby|
|Monday, 05 April 2010 13:33|
Gay Cobb County high school student Austin Laufersweiler, named the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network’s Student Advocate of the Year in 2009, is working with activists to enact an anti-bullying bill in the school district and is making headlines with his work.
Laufersweiler, a senior at Lassiter High School, says he was bullied when he was younger, including being called anti-gay slurs. He is working with the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition to spread the word to school board officials that a policy to protect students from bullying.
[Clarification from Maru Gonzales of GSSC: "Cobb already has an anti-bullying policy. What GSSC is doing is pushing for an enumerated policy, one that includes categories for sexual orientation and gender identity and gender expression. The bill in the General Assembly does not include enumeration so we're hoping that the progress being made in Cobb will have repercussions throughout the state."]
Photo: Austin Laufersweiler courtesy Georgia Safe Schools Coalition
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