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Study shows LGB teens punished more frequently than peers
According to the survey, which followed nearly 15,000 teens through middle and high school, those who identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual were more frequently punished than their “straight” peers. Even though LGB youth statistically engage in fewer violent acts, they are 40 percent more likely than other teens to be singled out by school authorities, police and the courts.
Girls bear the brunt of this treatment. Whether they identify as lesbian or bisexual, they seem to be called out for punishment—and punished more severely—than straight females who exhibit the same behavior.
This study is the first time we’ve ever had statistical evidence that the authority figures who ought to be protecting struggling and often victimized tweens and teens are actually punishing them simply because of their sexuality.
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