The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia and Fairness West Virginia recently partnered to produce a public service announcement about the dangers of bullying in West Virginia.
West Virginia filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, known for his films "Supersize Me" and "Where in the World is Osama bin Laden," narrates.
Spurlock recounts the real-life experience of Matthew, a St. Albans student who was bullied based on his sexual orientation, according to information from Fairness West Virginia.
"Fairness West Virginia is so proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the ACLU of West Virginia to loudly say to all children, parents and educators of this state bullying in our schools, on our playgrounds and in our communities is not acceptable anymore, for any reason, including that which has been so viciously directed towards these kids who are perceived to be gay," Fairness West Virginia board President Dr. Coy Flowers said in a news release. "All children, straight or gay, deserve to achieve an education safe from harm and free from bullying."
ACLU of West Virginia Executive Director Brenda Green said in a news release that a new school board policy last December now allows for documentation of bullying based on sexual orientation.
"We can now begin to honestly address the reality of LGBT bullying," Green said. "Every student has the right to feel safe at school."