A matter of respect -- and safety | February 1, 2006 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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Cover Story - February 1, 2006

A matter of respect -- and safety

Students of differing sexual orientations face discrimination, harassment, but are trying to raise awareness

by Alexandria Rocha

Jackie Chesson's heart sank last month after discovering her school notebook had been defaced with the words "gay," "faggot" and "queer." She felt even worse after realizing the vandalism was linked to her participation in a student panel of Gay-Straight Alliance members two days before.

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Staff writer Alexandria Rocha can be e-mailed at [email protected]

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