Timeline of the Anoka-Hennepin school district's LGBT neutrality policy [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Courtesy of Aaberg family
Justin Aaberg, a district student, was only 15 when he took his own life.
Anoka-Hennepin, the state's largest school district, has become the focus of national controversy.

The district is being probed by the Department of Justice and Office of Civil Rights while at the same time defending a major lawsuit filed on behalf of five former and current students by the Southern Poverty Law Center. It also happens to be the home district of GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann.

At the heart of the matter: Did a school policy requiring teachers to stay "neutral" when discussing homosexuality contribute to a string of student suicides?

City Pages Art Director Mike Kooiman created this infographic to provide a visual representation of the major developments in the ongoing saga:

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8 comments
Guest
Guest

Hate to confuse you with the facts, but the heart of the matter – for both the DOJ investigation and the SPLC/NCLR lawsuit – is NOT about suicide. For the DOJ, it's an investigation on gender stereotypes – they've been mum on any further details. For SPLC it's whether a policy on curriculum created an environment that perpetuated harassment based on real or perceived sexual orientation.

Johnny
Johnny

What is controversial about neutrality?  Or is this a case of "If you've not extremely for us, them you are by definition against us"?

Jeremy Yoder
Jeremy Yoder

So, the earliest part of the timeline is mainly interesting as context for more recent events, but it does leave me wondering what life in Anoka-Hennepin was like from 1995 to 2008. Has CityPages heard from any folks who were at school in the district back then?

Repp22
Repp22

Once again, they want the "special protection" that no one else that get's bullied will get!

Mike
Mike

The problem with a neutral policy is it prohibits teachers and administrators from offering these kids support. Research shows that when compared to their heterosexual peers, LGBT  youth are more likely to be bullied, depressed, smoke and use other substances, and, as this timeline points out, commit suicide. The most common explanations for these health disparities include a feeling of isolation from being different than peers, a lack of social support, and few LGBT role models. 

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Teenagers committing suicide is the controversy you stupid fuck.    I get that you are a Republican bigot that hates gay people but are you seriously so stupid you honestly don't understand why people are upset about Anoka's crappy policy?    The answer is the dead children.   When you have a policy that might be responsible for dead children, people get upset moron. 

steven j
steven j

I have a friend who graduated from that district 1993 and he said he said it was bad back then too.  I'm glad he survived.  He's doing good now and has a boyfriend. 

ron
ron

typical liberal hate.  keep making yourself look worse than the people your hating on.  you, my friend, are the "moron"

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