A Virginia teen was forced to learn online due to bullying in school, and a mother in Tennessee made a speech to the county defending LGBT people.
After Bullying at School, Teen Transitions to Online Learning
Fourteen-year-old Virginia teen Kendall Tedesco found school unbearable after being called homophobic slurs.
Tedesco had previously tried private and public schools but continued to feel unsafe throughout her education. This led to her family finding a better solution to have Tedesco finish her education at Virginia Virtual Academy, an online school that follows state curriculum.
“We live in a tense, politically divided time, and often times, children end up unwitting victims of adult challenges. We don’t get into the political fight of it. We’re trying to educate children, and I think that should be the main focus,” said Kevin Chavous, the president of Stride to WOWT.
The online school has opportunities for students to join clubs and it offers mental health resources for its students.
Video Goes Viral After Mother Calls Out Homophobic Pressures
Screenshot via TikTok.
Tennessee mother, Jessee Graham, has gone viral for her impassioned speech defending the LGBT community.
According to NBC News, the speech was made in front of the Maury County Board of Trustees after the resignation of the county's public library director Zachary Fox, who was allegedly pressured to resign.
The TikTok video has over a million views and 10.7K comments since its posting.
"I've never been sexually assaulted at a drag show, but I have been in church, twice,” said Graham during her speech. "I am so sick of listening to this weird, fake pious crap about Christianity being the reason behind, 'We have to protect the kids.' Jesus didn't go anywhere and condemn people! He did not ever walk into any place and spew hatred and lies and completely annihilate a group of human beings who just want to exist.”
Fox’s decision to display LGBT books for Pride month and he held a drag brunch last month at his bar, Bad Idea Brewery.