Topeka Adds Groups To Anti-Discrimination Policy

The Kansas State Board of Education discussed bullying at its Feb. 8, 2011 meeting in Topeka. (WIBW)
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Topeka school district has expanded its
anti-discrimination policy to include homosexual and transgender
students and staff.

The board voted Thursday night to expand the policy to include
the words ``sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and

The district's attorney, Cindy Kelly, said the additions are
designed to help students who are being bullied or harassed because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that board member Janel Johnson cast the only no vote. She said the current anti-bullying policy already protects all students.

Other board members said they supported the move because it was
important to send a message that the district will not tolerate
discrimination against anyone.

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