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Posted on September 23, 2014 1:45 am
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Zafer Unal
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One of your students tells you that he is gay
One of your students tells you that he is gay. The student is crying and wants to talk to you because he is having trouble “fitting in.” What would be the right action(s)?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted October 19, 2014 4:06 pm

anuLyH
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I would refer the student to the counselor.
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raWubu
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Referring a student to a counselor is the most professional decision you can make, and I would do this. It is good for a student to know that your door is open, and if they need help they can come to you, but if you lead a student in any direction and the parents don't like it, then that can cause so much trouble for you. Plus a counselor is trained and educated on how to deal with emotional problem that the student is facing.
  Posted on: October 19, 2014 9:16 pm

Kathy Allen
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I think it is important to talk with the student. As the teacher, you have a responsibility to help the student feel comfortable. Immediately referring the student to the counselor can make the student feel uncomfortable and like they can't talk to their teacher about their problems.
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Solution 2
Posted March 2, 2015 12:43 am

Rachel Antis
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A councilor would probably be the best person to refer him to. Being gay is obviously not an issue but if he is being bullied because of it then the students who are bullying him could be a real problem. The best thing to do would be to reassure the student and comfort him in a way that is appropriate and then refer him to the councilor.
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Solution 3
Posted February 26, 2015 8:28 pm

Dameju
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I think that you need to encourage the student. He does not need a councilor, being gay is not a mental problem. It does not matter if his parents support it or not either. In fact, he might have told you before he told his parents, because he is frightened of the repercussions. I think it is best to encourage him to be strong and loving and to follow his heart.
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Solution 4
Posted March 16, 2015 1:26 am

aheGeG
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Rock and a hard place! I would want to be supportive with this student but talking about this could be an issue. You need to seek help and fast. Without rebuffing the student, gently calm the student and walk him to someone more equipped to handle this type of problem. Counselors are there to help and have the training to deal with the emotional implications of this declaration.
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Solution 5
Posted February 27, 2015 11:44 pm

BuMynu
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If could try to talk to the student about what he needs to say. Or, if you aren't comfortable with that situation, maybe refer him to a counselor or ask administration for help.
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Solution 6
Posted October 29, 2016 12:53 am

Kristen OBryant
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While a student being gay or straight is none of the teacher's business, it is their business if there is bullying going on. That is the issue at hand, not how the child identifies himself. I would mention to the student in a scholarly manner that as a society people are becoming much more accepting, including the Pope of the Catholic church, and he should not be afraid, and if bullying is the reason he is upset it would need to be addressed. If the only issue was in self-discovery, a counselor may be the best referral.
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