Teen Tackles Bullying

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 3:24pm

13-year-old boy takes fight against anti-gay bullying to Kentucky state house.

Aye Jay Long is doing his part to stop bullying.

The 13-year-old high school freshman gave emotional testimony Tuesday as a Kentucky House panel considered strengthening a school bullying bill that would also outlaw bullying of school students because of their sexual orientation, race or religion.

Long testified before state lawmakers that he was bullied constantly by classmates after he told them he is gay.

"They started out with names like gay, "fag" and all that stuff, said Long. "And then it got to the point where I was being shoved into lockers. And I was on the dance team, and I quit the dance team because I didn't want them to see what I was anymore."

Kentucky already has laws against bullying in school, but some lawmakers say the laws don't go far enough, inspiring the Oldham County assistant superintendent to ask lawmakers to do more to protect students.

The committee hearing the testimony voted 21-1 to approve House Bill 370, which includes sexual orientation in school bullying policies.

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