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1 in 5 Gay High School Students Are Physically Harassed

Education advocates say school districts aren't doing enough to protect gay and lesbian students. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

1 in 5 Gay High School Students Are Physically Harassed

Education advocates say school districts aren't doing enough to protect gay and lesbian students. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

California's Safe Schools Act became law several years ago. It required districts to create policies aimed at protecting students who are harassed because of their sexual orientation, race or ethnicity.

But education advocates say many districts still haven't developed policies for lesbian and gay students. A new senate bill would make districts fall in line.

Geoff Kors is with Equality California .

Kors : It requires the school districts to provide trainings to all teachers and administrators about discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity. And it also requires them to report instances that they see so we actually know what's going on and know where we need to do more work to address the problem.

Research shows one in five lesbian and gay high school students are physically harassed.

Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.