Posted By Eric Ethington on March 15, 2011
California – Openly gay State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano is proposing a new anti-bullying law design to reduce bullying of LGBT teens. He’s naming it in honor of Seth Walsh, the 13 year old gay teen who committed suicide last year.
Seth Walsh was one of the many teen suicides we reported on last year, his death came after years of anti-gay bullying and harassment at school, including one instance where his teacher referred to him as “fruity.” His mother has been speaking out against bullying ever since, and released an incredible video you can see here.
The measure by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, would require districts to create anti-harassment policies and programs that include bullying based on perceived or actual sexual orientation. They would also be required to have a system in place to ensure all reports of bullying are taken seriously and addressed immediately.
Ammiano’s AB9 is called Seth’s Law, in memory of Seth Walsh, a gay 13-year-old from Tehachapi (Kern County), who killed himself in September. A proposal submitted last week in Congress in Seth’s memory would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity in public schools.