5 months ago
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I cant stay quiet any longer

I'm going to be a freshman this year in September. My dad is in the military and will be leaving for about a year instead of us moving. My parents ask I don't start drama at school, which would be respectable if the drama they were talking about wasn't straight up homophobia, transphobia, and obvious racism. I am a very openly queer person at my school, and online. I make sure to advertise myself as someone you can come to if your having issues, especially if you're being bullied. Of course, i know most of my friends because they came to me for help with something at some point, and I helped. Recently, I've been getting more and more vocal about my activism. The issue is that the schools in my district think homophobia, transphobia, racism, and ableism are opinions and therefor cannot be punishable. I have been making pushes with my school board and they tell me the same thing. "Be proactive about it, don't call them names and educate them." but they refuse to help. A kid had called me "faggot" and "dyke" multiple times throughout the year, and each time I reported it my counselor said she would follow up with the kid about it. Each time she "followed up with him" she couldn't tell me anything that happened because it would "breach confidentiality" although she forwarded an email about me calling her out on her blatant disregard to slur usage in the school. At our age, people know what slurs mean. I've directly calling kids out, whether it's in the middle of class or the middle of a hallway. Every time I do I get in trouble for being "disrespectful" to my peers. Now my younger sister is going into that school, sixth grade, and I'm terrified for her. She is a very dependent kid, she needs a support person. She is known to most kids as the weird, quiet, warrior cats kid. If she ends up getting bullied, I know her counselor isn't going to do anything. I know i will get grounded if I say anything to the school because it's "none of my business." But I'm not letting anyone else go through the bullshit I was. It's one thing to treat me like shit, but my sister and friends? Not a fucking chance. I don't even know what to do anymore. Soon, we are moving to texas and I know it's going to be worse there. Honetly, im here for critism. I literally don't know what to do. I cant hurt my mom, she'll be the only parent soon. She has her own struggles, and I dont want to make them worse. But I can't sit quiet and expect teachers to do anything anymore, because theyve shown me they won't help.