Province Takes Stand Against LGBTQ Bullying
Prince George, B.C. – School districts and independent schools across the province must have anti-bullying policies for LGBTQ students in place by December 31, 2016.
B.C. Education Minister Mike Bernier made the announcement this morning noting “every child has to have a safe environment regardless of who they are” adding the Province has taken leadership on the issue to show students “we care.”
The government says the changes will bring district school policies in line with the July 2016 amendments to the B.C. Human Rights Code that included gender identity and expression as prohibited grounds of discrimination.
The move has the full support of Prince George School Board Chair Tony Cable.
“Oh definitely. I think it’s very important and anything we can do to eliminate bullying in schools, especially for LGBTQ students, is very important.”
He says the directive will be sent to the school board’s Policy and Governance Committee for some fine tuning of policies recently put in place.
“We have been working really hard on our policies lately. We have really been having a close look at our code of conducts and anti-bullying policies and the last board did a tremendous amount of work on LGBTQ policies so I think we’re basically where we should be.”
Victoria also announced that the ARC Foundation is funding a new Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity advisor position to support school districts and independent schools develop their policies and voluntary anti-bullying programs to be inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity.