Damian McGee-Backes got a big surprise on his first day at Totino-Grace High School in Fridley. "The kids in my classes asked me what lunch I had. Then they said, 'Sit by me.'" It's hard to blame Damian for being overjoyed by this simple gesture. The 15-year-old is one of six plaintiffs in the federal civil-rights lawsuit settled last week against the Anoka-Hennepin School District. The lawsuit argued successfully that the district did not adequately respond to constant physical and verbal harassment of students based on real or perceived sexual orientation.
Let's keep figuring out ways to protect our youth, LGBT and otherwise.