Society has GOT to demand that teachers, school staff, ADMINISTRATORS in the school district especially, take a firm stand absolutely opposing the bullying, taunting, and harassment of gay or gender-non conforming kids. Unless we demand it, the school administrations are not going to move on their own to take responsibility for this.
In my experience, the school districts are a huge part of the problem. I was laughed at for objecting when our faculty fast-forwarded through the section on anti-gay violence during a mandatory 'sensitivity training.' Only a few miles away from where Asher Brown was in school. Only a handful of years ago.
With some parents STILL objecting to awareness of the plight of LGBT kids, school boards are terrified to enact 'safe schools' or anti-bullying policies. We must DEMAND that they listen to common sense and not to the fools who say that protecting childrens' safety is somehow a bad thing.
Unless a huge number of people demand safer schools, this will not change.
Contact your school districts and demand that they protect children without delay.
Never linger too long with the ignorant,
throw stones at their talk.
Walk only with the lovers,
the mirror of the soul gets rusty when
dipped in muddy water.