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Suicides and bullying: A closer look [20 May, 2009]

Two school students as young as 11 years old recently committed suicide within 10 days of each other after enduring anti-gay harassment.  Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover of Springfield, Mass., killed himself April 6 and Jaheem Herrera of DeKalb County, Ga., hanged himself with a cloth belt April 16 after similar taunts.  The incidents have created waves of shock and dismay and generated a public conversation about such instances of bullying.

LGBTQs take education to the streets [2 September, 2009]

Several families of Chicago Public School (CPS) students, teachers and education activists turned out August 26 for a protest at CPS headquarters at 125 S. Clark, where the Chicago Board of Education was due for a budget meeting.

Their focus was a notification that the UNO (United Neighborhood Organization) Charter Network had sought Chicago Board of Education’s President Michael Scott’s permission to open a school on the site of Juana Ines De la Cruz Middle.  The latter has been shut down since June, citing a lack of funds for capital improvement.

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