Cyberbullying Faculty Training at Ben Franklin
New Orleans criminal attorney, Elizabeth B. Carpenter, gave a presentation on cyberbullying to the faculty of Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans. The purpose of this event was to help the staff members fulfill their required 2 hours of annual training in spotting, preventing and handling bullying. Bullying, especially of LGBT students, is a serious problem in our communities. We must continue to address this issue and form a united front against bullying. Did you know….
- 9 out of 10 LGBT students reported being harassed and bullied last year.
- About two-thirds of LGBT students reported having ever been sexually harassed (e.g., sexual remarks made, being touched inappropriately) in school in the past year.
- The average GPA for students who were frequently physically harassed because of their sexual orientation was half a grade lower than that of other students.
- LGBT students are twice as likely to say that they were not planning on going on to college.
- Gay teens are 8.4 times more likely to report having attempted suicide and 5.9 times more likely to report high levels of depression.
These statistics are tragic in my opinion.