Pupils attributed this in component to a reduction in anti-LGBT attitudes among peers, both being a shift that is generational among all of their cohort while they aged through senior high school. Some pupils additionally attributed this partly to zero threshold policies as well as the perception that, though other styles of harassment may go unpunished, real attack could cause severe effects for perpetrators. 45
Yet some students did face persistent violence that is physical college and several said their schools took no effective actions to quit it. Sandra C., the caretaker of a 16-year-old boy that is gay Utah, described a pattern of harassment that culminated in her withdrawing her son through the college:
My son had been dragged straight down the lockers, called ‘gay’ and ‘fag’ and ‘queer, ’ shoved into a locker, and acquired by his throat.
And that ended up being happening since sixth grade. They tried shoving him as a girl’s restroom and stated that he’s worthless and really should be a lady. 46
Some pupils whom experienced violence that is physical to share with grownups for fear that reporting will be ineffectual or result in the situation even even worse. Willow K., a 14-year-old transgender woman in Texas, recalled being mistreated by people of the soccer group in 7th grade: