A new law released last year buffed up its anti bullying policy, specifically to better protect students who are gay or transgender
Bullying in schools aimed at gay youth and the reason for a new Oregon law which protects gay and transgender kids from bullying but some of our schools don't seem to be doing so good.
"If you see something you need to do something, you need to say something so that there's respect for everyone in the schools" says Julie Evans with the Medford School district.
But despite that-a new report by Oregon Safe Schools and Community Coalition shows that nearly one in three Oregon school districts do not comply with the anti bullying state law in our area only one school district got a passing grade.
"You know our school board policy covers race gender i dont want to leave any out..very very broad because we know that all students who come to us come with different characteristics."
Evans was not aware that they are one of the 55 districts with a failing grade. Each district is ranked with either a gold, silver, or bronze star based on how they meet the Oregon Safe School's requirements.
The phoenix school district is one of the 67 that ranks with a gold star, meaning they meet the standards which better protects students who are lesbian, gay, bi - sexual or transgender.
"It feels great to know that we have a gold star and that we are meeting the rules' says Teresa Sayre with the Phoenix School District.
Phoenix Shcool District has even started after school programs to tackle all topics as they relate to gender and their goal remains zero bullying for any reason.