Patricia Cloud Duttweiler
The Journal of At-Risk Issues, Volume 3, Number 2
Jamie Nabozny dropped out of school in the 11th grade after suffering from repeated humiliation and physical attacks. After one especially degrading incident, Jamie complained to the principal. Jamie was told, “Well, you know, Jamie, boys will be boys. And if you’re going to be so openly gay, you have to expect that kind of stuff.”
On November 19, 1996, Jamie Nabozny won the first ever federal court judgment (for nearly one million dollars) against school administrators for failing to provide equal protection for a gay student suffering from violence within the school (Price, 1996).
The following facts and references (with the exception of the Price reference) came from a publication, Just the facts on gay, lesbian, and bisexual students and schools, of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Teachers Network (GLSTN), 122 W. 26th Street, Suite 1100, New York, NY 10001 (212-727-0135).