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Schools should be a safe haven from discrimination

Bullying is disrupting the education of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, inflicting problems that last for life

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  • Writer: Gwang-Jo Kim, Steven J Kraus & Maja Cubarrubia
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Millions of Thai public school students headed back to class last week, ideally, to a safe and nurturing learning environment. However, the reality for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students in Thailand is often far from ideal. 

School run: Almost a quarter of bullied pupils describe themselves as ‘depressed’.

For many of these youngsters, returning to school means re-entering a world where dealing with the fear of being bullied and of verbal, physical and even sexual abuse, all too often overwhelms their ability to learn, leaving them vulnerable to long-term social problems and health risks.

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