First things first. Mr. Gateways for Better Education (what a horrible name, can you imagine trying to learn how to spell that in Kindergarten?) tries to say that hate crime is relatively rare, citing a FBI statistic that says only ".001 percent" of students were victims of hate crimes. Okay. That's b.s.
According to National Mental Health Association's study:
--78% of teens report that youth who are gay or thought to be gay are teased or bullied in their schools and communities.
--93% of the teens hear youth use words like "fag," "homo," "dyke," "queer," or "gay" at least once in a while, while 51% of them hear it every day.
--According to a l996 study by the Safe Schools Coalition, three of four youth targeted by anti-gay bullies are heterosexual.
--One of three gay students is physically harassed due to his or her sexual orientation
--One in six is beaten badly enough to require medical attention
--They are four times more likely to be threatened with a weapon at school
--They are two to three times more likely to attempt suicide
--28% drop out of school because of harassment
Maybe that isn't a big deal to Mr. Gateways, but reasonable people should be shocked and horrified by these statitics.