Board of Education talks LGBT bullying, treatment center for students

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Solutions to end LGBT bullying and a treatment center for students were the hot topics at the Brunswick County Board of Education meeting Tuesday night.

Kayce Smith, the Brunswick County teacher of the year, spoke out about bullying in the county’s schools. Specifically … toward LGBT students.

Smith quoted figures showing bullying toward LGBT students is higher than that of other students and that the suicide rate because of bullying is significantly higher in LGBT students.

Smith says something really needs to be done.

“Right now, many who are LGBT probably do not feel comfortable even speaking up, and I think if we are gonna truly understand what their experience is like, we’re gonna have to ask them,” Smith said. “And then from there we know what we’re dealing with and we can make improvements from that point.”

The board currently has no plan in action for dealing with bullying specifically towards LGBT students.

A proposal to start a day treatment center within Bolivia Elementary School was also a topic at Tuesday’s meeting. The proposal says the center would serve mentally ill students in Grades K-5.

Supporters said the students would be secluded from other students at Bolivia until they were ready to transition back to their original school, but some parents questioned the overall safety of their children.

A motion was unanimously passed to move forward with finding a vendor to provide the service and to begin examining Bolivia elementary as well as stand alone facilities for the program.

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