Rolling Stone: Anoka's war on gay teens

Rolling Stone magazine takes an in-depth look at the Anoka-Hennepin School District's struggles with a sexual orientation discussion policy. Critics of the policy say it gives rise to bullied students and, ultimately, to teen suicides.
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Rolling Stone magazine takes an in-depth look at the Anoka-Hennepin School District's struggles with a sexual orientation discussion policy. Critics of the policy say it gives rise to bullied students and, ultimately, to teen suicides.

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