by Bailey Haack
Outspoken members of the GLBT community attended a recent Anoka-Hennepin school board meeting, demanding a change to the board's neutrality policy.
Almost two dozen speakers testified to the board, asking them to rescind the policies in place that limit discussion of GLBT issues in the classroom, as well as bullying policies.
One speaker said, "The neutrality policy silences and isolates students because they are gay. It's a censorship policy," reported the Coon Rapids Herald.
A written statement by Superintendent Dennis Carlson said, "Anoka-Hennepin supports gay-straight alliances and it will continue to provide training on preventing harassment and on how best to support GLBT students. We believe that no one in our schools should be harassed for any reason," according to the Herald.
One outspoken woman was removed from the meeting by security, and many tempers were flared, but according to the Minnesota Independent, the rest of the meeting was civil.