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School Bullying / Don't Teach, Don't Tell / Teen Suicide / A Discussion #998051

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011
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(Studio: Sanjay Gupta) The plans for two civil rights groups to take a Minneapolis school district to court over curriculum policy on sexual orientation after seven school children in the district committed suicide over bullying noted.

(Minnesota: Poppy Harlow) Suicides by school children in a Minnesota school district featured; scenes shown from Anoka, where teachers are barred from taking a position on homosexuality: a neutrality policy. [Samantha's mother Michele JOHNSON - talks about her daughter's story.] [Samantha's friend Erica HOOPS†- says bullying led to suicide.] [Anoka-Hennepin teacher Jeri SCHULTZ†- says there is so much we cannot say that could help eliminate bullying.] [Supt. Dennis CARLSON - downplays a link between bullying and suicide.] The school district policy and the Justice Department investigation discussed.

(Studio: Sanjay Gupta) Live discussion held with "Queen Bees and Wannabees" author Rosalind Wiseman and CitizenLink education analyst Candy Cushman about bullying and Minnesota school policy. [CUSHMAN - supports the neutrality policy asking teachers to remain neutral on sexual topics; questions a lawsuit by civil rights activists.] [WISEMAN - outlines the problem with a neutral policy.]

Gupta, Sanjay;
Harlow, Poppy

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