Groups Host Pride Event For Students In ‘Suicide Contagion’ Anoka-Hennepin School District

The controversy over the Anoka-Hennepin School District’s neutrality policy — which prohibits staff from teaching about homosexuality — has sparked both a lawsuit and an investigation by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education following claims that the ban enables an anti-gay culture of harassment and bullying. The district, which has 38,000 students and is Minnesota’s fourth largest, lies within presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann’s district, who has yet to comment on the nine teenagers have committed suicide over the last two years. State public health officials have “labeled the area a ‘suicide contagion area’ because of the unusually high death rate.”

Yesterday, teens, parents, and organizations hosted a pride event for LGBT students, showing them that it’s “Ok to be gay.” Watch local news coverage of the event:

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