posted on Mar, 7 2005 @ 10:04 PM
Ashley Werner does not mince words when describing her experience as a lesbian at Milwaukee's Pulaski High School.
"If you are even remotely different, (the students) harass and make fun of you," Werner said. The 17-year-old junior said she is teased, called
names and singled out almost every day. The situation was no better when Werner attended Clintonville High School as a freshman and sophomore. "I
decided that I had had enough with Clintonville and moved down here," Werner said.
Werner hopes her situation will improve next year. She plans to attend the Alliance School, a charter high school that will focus on students who feel
discriminated against or bullied. That might be a Goth student, a painfully shy student or a gay one. All three have enrolled in the school, which
plans to open in August.
I'm sure many of you noted this article today - I think it was first linked to nationally on the Drudge Report.
Where does this kind of insanity end? Is a special school for people who get picked on really necessary? What are they going to do if this special
school starts to develop cliques? Do they really think that the nerds, goths, homosexuals, and other "cast-outs" are going to join hands, minds,
and hearts in some kind of magical pubescent utopia? Nonsense.
Personally, I'm all for charter and magnet schools that cater to those that want to develop and nurture special skills. In fact, I attended middle
school with someone that went on to the special magnet school for the arts in Milwaukee and ended up an actress on a NBC sitcom. A great example of
using public funds & a public school system to advance education and prepare students for some future career. What does this high school teach them?
If life is hard, quit. Isolate yourself. How ridiculous.
My advice to the bullied? Suck it up. Everyone gets bullied at some point in their life. The worst case scenario is that you have to deal with a
bunch of bigots, fools, and/or insecure buffoons for 4 years. Hell, I was your classic nerd. (Imagine that) I hated a sizeable fraction of my high
school class and was threatened with physical violence on a semi-regular basis. My revenge was that I never gave up on myself, pursued my dreams, and
became a well-paid scientist. Now, I hire the former jocks to fix my air-conditioner.