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More schools take action to stem anti-gay bullying

A year after teen suicide spate, more gay students are speaking out, schools taking action By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) ' A history teacher amends his lessons on the civil rights movement to include the push for gay equality. A high school removes Internet filters blocking gay advocacy websites. Six gay students sue their district, saying officials failed to protect them from bullies.

After anti-gay bullying led to a spate of teen suicides last year, school districts across the country are stepping up efforts to prevent such incidents, while more students are reporting bullies

Jill Marcellus, spokeswoman for the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, says the issue has taken over the public consciousness since five gay teens committed suicide last fall.

James Gilliam, director of the American Civil Liberties Union-Southern California, says more students are stepping forward to make complaints, which is encouraging since not reporting bullying incidents is a key issue.

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