Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Suicide by transgender boy housed in girls unit at Long Creek prompts demand for review

This is an update from a story posted earlier.
I didn't think they would make any of the details public, but here we find out that the kid was "Transgendered" and locked up with kids who do not match his/her gender identity.
A transgender boy who was being held in the girls unit at Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland killed himself in late October while on suicide watch, two civil rights organizations have said, raising questions about the state’s ability to care for incarcerated LGBTQ young people who are particularly vulnerable. 
Suicide by transgender boy housed in girls unit at Long Creek prompts demand for review
It is such nonsense to put all of these kids into the same pot.  Kids can be mean and some who are different will be bullied but they keep them together to avoid discriminating and bla bla bla.  I'm not going to get into my opinions on the LGBTQ issues here but clearly they need to do a little better at keeping these kids safe.

Of course the bigger issue is keeping kids safe while they are in state care.  You don't hear much about that in Maine because it's usually swept under the rug.  

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