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Vermont High School Organizes Anti-Gay Bullying Sit-In To Honor Bisexual Freshman (VIDEO)


Posted: 11/07/11 03:07 PM ET

Students at a Vermont high school organized an all-day sit-in last week in support of an openly bisexual teen claims to have been bullied due to his sexual orientation.

As Vermont's WCAX is reporting, roughly 300 Essex High School students participated in workshops addressing bullying, carrying placards and posters to show their support and sharing their own stories of being bullied in the classroom. Representatives from Outright Vermont, an advocacy group that works with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth, were among those on hand to help organize many of the events.

"I feel amazing," freshman Cole Peterson, who said he was punched in the face by a fellow student at a nearby park but not seriously injured, is quoted by the Burlington Free Press as saying. "I feel really loved and cared for, and I feel like we can make a difference with this, and I really hope that we can change something."

Watch WCAX's news report on the event below:


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