NBC Bay Area reports that Rochelle Harrison, who has been openly gay since the age of thirteen, was ridiculed on a daily basis by teachers and staffmembers at Jesse Bethel High School in Vallejo, who would say such nonsense as: "You'll never get a job," "You're going to hell," "You're so ignorant. You don't even know whether you're a boy or a girl." (Uh, what millennium are we in again?!)
Harrison's mom, Cheri, wrote letters, made phone calls, and scheduled meetings with school officials, but the harassment continued. So, the Harrisons turned to the ACLU for help. After a year of working with the Vallejo School District, Harrison was awarded $25,000, which will go into a trust fund. The school district also adopted a clear policy prohibitiing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and mandatory anti-harassment training will be required for all students and teachers in the district.
Harrison, who now goes to a different school, wants to become a gay rights activist and go on TV to help other gay teens. Go, Rochelle!