New to the Speak Truth to Power site this month is a lesson plan based on the work of human rights defender Jamie Nabozny, the keynote speaker at the Nov. 14 “See a Bully, Stop a Bully: Making a Difference” conference in Albany hosted by the national office of the American Federation of Teachers and its New York affiliate, NYSUT.
“Throughout my middle school and high school years I was verbally and physically bullied for being gay,” says Nabozny. “With the help of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund I fought back. I won a landmark federal lawsuit against my school administrators for failing to stop the harassment. I now speak out for the millions of kids bullied in our schools everyday. I share my story and consult with schools to make sure what happened to me is never repeated.”
This year, the Southern Poverty Law Center captured Nabozny’s story in the short documentary “Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History.”