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By Erin McgrathOn a warm day late last month, just after the last bell of the school day, two dozen students gathered in Weston Mathews social studies classroom at Nelson County High School.With their book bags and backpacks cast to the side, the students moved their desks into a circle and began a meeting of the school newly formed Gay Straight Alliance club.The first of its kind in the history of the school, the Gay Straight Alliance was formed to help an understanding between gay and straight students, said Mathews, one of the clubs faculty co sponsors.students) felt like Reebok For Boys

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past few years it been in the news and as a social studies teacher its something you can ignore when students have questions about it, he said. talk about the (gay rights) movement as a civil rights movement, we look at what the law is and why there is discrimination. While Mathews had never participated in a club like the Gay Straight Alliance before, another faculty member, English teacher Jessica Shifflett, had been involved at a similar club while she attended Longwood University.Shifflett said she was happy, and eager, to be involved.heard from our assistant principal that students had formed a Gay Straight Alliance and that Mr. Mathews had been approached to sponsor them, she said. as soon as I heard it, I ran down to Mr. Mathews room and asked please let me help you. Shifflett, as well as Mathews, believed there was a need in the community that should be addressed.kids working not only Reebok Dance Shoes For Zumba

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it would help if there was a club to bridge the gap between people who needed a place to talk about issues and have it be more out in the open but also be a safe place, he said. (a place to) start to educate about people in the community with differences in a safe way. Since the club formation, Mathews said bullying that otherwise would have been kept secret from adults out of fear of retaliation has been reported.wasn aware of it until students began to come to me this year, he said. think is a great fear of recrimination. So a lot of bullying that happens is kept secret from counselors and administrators. with the club, we had students coming out to their parents. Which is a huge step. We had students reporting bullying which didn happen before. It little things like that that let us know that it been very effective. Roger Collins, the superintendent for Nelson County Public Schools, said bullying is an behavior in the school system and that it is with accordingly when it is observed or reported.The founder of the NCHS Gay Straight Alliance, Nelson County High School Junior Casey Stillman, decided to form the group last summer.was spending a lot of summer nights on the Internet, looking up information and websites about LGBT issues and I just decided that I wanted to do this, Stillman said, referring to lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgendered people. posted a Facebook status that I wanted to start a Gay Straight Alliance at our high school, and whoever wants to help me, let me know. I got this huge feedback. In the past two months, national media attention has focused on a string of suicides by teens or young adults who were gay or who were perceived to be gay.Stillman said reaction to the club was mixed, with support and negativity. It was an idea, though, that wouldn go away for Stillman.been a really good school but there is a lot of underground hate that goes on, Stillman said. needs to be brought to attention, worked out, resolved and not pushed around anymore. I received some hate here, my friends have and that heartbreaking to see that keep going on. During the first week of school, she and others gathered more than 50 signatures on petitions to form the Gay Straight Alliance and approached Mathews about being the club sponsor.Mathews said he immediately agreed.the Reebok Ers Shoes

to address the issues in the school, but to see how they can reach out and help their community, she said. is so awesome. In late September, Superintendent Roger Collins and Nelson High Principal Emma Wardlaw formally approved the club. The club page on Facebook now has more than 200 members.During the week of Oct. 18 through 22, as one of their first club activities, the students participated in Ally Week, a national movement sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network dedicated to educating about gay issues and ending anti LGBT bullying.Students wore rainbow colors one day, sent thank you cards to administrators and school faculty another day and also wore purple to show support for teens who had taken their lives after bullying.Mathews said the club is working on planning future events to help raise money for a nonprofit organization and wants to find community service opportunities within the county.There are no dues required to belong to the Gay Straight Alliance and everyone is welcome to attend their weekly meetings, Shifflett said.hope that we expand our membership to LGBT students, to allies, and that we a place that welcoming to everybody, she said. hope that we able to continue to reach out to the school and community. think these students are capable of doing amazing things, she said.Police identify person of interest in deadly Lynchburg shootingUPDATE: Police identify person of interest in deadly Lynchburg shootingUPDATE: Police identify person of interest in deadly Lynchburg shootingUpdated: Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:38 AM EDT2014 08 27 10:38:12 GMTDominique Moss, 24, has been identified as a person of interest in the Lynchburg shooting.Police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead Tuesday night.Police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead Tuesday night.Part of Williamson Road closed due to bomb threatPart of Williamson Road closed due to bomb threatUpdated: Friday, August 29 2014 7:48 AM EDT2014 08 29 11:48:01 GMTRoanoke County police say an incident on Williamson Road has the northbound lanes near Plantation Road closed right now. All southbound lanes are currently open.Roanoke County police say an incident on Williamson Road has the northbound lanes near Plantation Road closed right now. All southbound lanes are currently Reebok Red White Blue Shoes open.Rasoul drafting bill to change BPOL tax for Virginia businessesRasoul drafting bill to change BPOL tax for Virginia businessesUpdated: Friday, August 29 2014 7:19 AM EDT2014 08 29 11:19:21 GMT

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