November 12, 2009
>Guest Column in Bangor Daily News: Making Schools Safe, Welcoming
>The marriage referendum in Maine sparked a lot of controversy, but more than the unrest over marriage equality is the outrage at the tactics taken by the anti-LGBT community to smear the efforts of organizations working to prevent hostile and hateful school environments.
Peter Rees, a retired psychologist, educator and GLSEN Downeast Maine chapter leader, wrote a guest column in The Bangor Daily News about the diligent efforts taken to improve school climate, despite critics who question it’s importance.
Providing safe, healthy learning environments for students isn’t something that can or should be put to a vote and then quickly swept under the rug. Further, child safety isn’t just an issue for select parents or the citizens of Maine, it is an issue that affects our society as a whole and we should all be taking part in the fight.