Today is the 100th Day of School. As such, Safe Schools Action Network has encouraged bloggers to participate in a day of awareness of the problem to unsafe environments in our schools. The message: “100 Days Without Safe Schools Is 100 Days Of Bullying.”

Today, we're pleased to invite the mother of Ceara Sturgis to share her story with The Blend. Ceara made nation news when her Mississippi high school refused to print her Senior photo in the year book because she did not conform to appropriate gender expression, in their view. CNN covers the story here.

By: Veronica Kurtz Rodriguez Mother of Ceara Strugis

When I was going into 6th grade my family moved to Guam. I was picked on for being white. I was like, “DUH, I was born this way I didn't have a choice in the matter.”

Fast forward to Ceara. When she was in 4th or 5th grade she realized she was gay. I didn't find out till she was in 9th grade. Her friends accepted her with a little time but some of the teachers and even the principle were the ones giving her a hard time.

Now, these are the adults that spend a majority time with our children teaching a molding them into productive adults. What are they teaching is how to think that if you're different in any way you're less worthy.

Ceara is gay she is more comfortable in boys' clothing and decided to wear a tux for her Sr. picture. She was omitted from being with the other Sr's in the yearbook. She has gone to Wesson Attendance Center since Kindergarten. Played sports made straight A's been on the honor roll since 1st grade, marched in the band and supported that school who refused to support her.

When she told me she was gay she asked did I hate her or was I mad. I grabbed her hugged her and said NEVER! She is my daughter I love her with all my heart. I was scared how people would treat her because of ignorance. My fears are well founded she has been treated poorly by adults we trust to help mold and teach our children. We need to educate the faculty to be more aware of how they are damaging our children.

It is far better to love than to hate! I love you Ceara and am so proud of you! You have taught me unconditional love! May you teach someone else. Thank you Extremely Proud Mom of a gay daughter!–Veronica

 

For more on the issue of safe schools and what we can do, see my earlier post, or check out Safe School Action Network, or GLSEN.

Today is the 100th Day of School. As such, Safe Schools Action Network has encouraged bloggers to participate in a day of awareness of the problem to unsafe environments in our schools. The message: “100 Days Without Safe Schools Is 100 Days Of Bullying.”

Today, we're pleased to invite the mother of Ceara Sturgis to share her story with The Blend. Ceara made nation news when her Mississippi high school refused to print her Senior photo in the year book because she did not conform to appropriate gender expression, in their view. CNN covers the story here.

By: Veronica Kurtz Rodriguez Mother of Ceara Strugis

When I was going into 6th grade my family moved to Guam. I was picked on for being white. I was like, “DUH, I was born this way I didn't have a choice in the matter.”

Fast forward to Ceara. When she was in 4th or 5th grade she realized she was gay. I didn't find out till she was in 9th grade. Her friends accepted her with a little time but some of the teachers and even the principle were the ones giving her a hard time.

Now, these are the adults that spend a majority time with our children teaching a molding them into productive adults. What are they teaching is how to think that if you're different in any way you're less worthy.

Ceara is gay she is more comfortable in boys' clothing and decided to wear a tux for her Sr. picture. She was omitted from being with the other Sr's in the yearbook. She has gone to Wesson Attendance Center since Kindergarten. Played sports made straight A's been on the honor roll since 1st grade, marched in the band and supported that school who refused to support her.

When she told me she was gay she asked did I hate her or was I mad. I grabbed her hugged her and said NEVER! She is my daughter I love her with all my heart. I was scared how people would treat her because of ignorance. My fears are well founded she has been treated poorly by adults we trust to help mold and teach our children. We need to educate the faculty to be more aware of how they are damaging our children.

It is far better to love than to hate! I love you Ceara and am so proud of you! You have taught me unconditional love! May you teach someone else. Thank you Extremely Proud Mom of a gay daughter!–Veronica

 

For more on the issue of safe schools and what we can do, see my earlier post, or check out Safe School Action Network, or GLSEN.

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