CAMP Rehoboth is calling out the Seaford School District over a lack of response to homophobic bullying after a Seaford High School freshman was attacked for being gay.
Cherae Fraizer, of Seaford, said her freshman son, Lamont Cloud Jr., has been harrassed on a daily basis and is often the subject of gay slurs and teasing since the start of the school year at Seaford High School, read more.
WGMD News reached out to the Seaford School District on Monday and still has not received a response.
After news broke of the incident on Tuesday morning, CAMP Rehoboth, a nonprofit community service and advocacy group for LGBTQ youth in Sussex County, reached out to district and also received no response.
Sal Seeley, director of health & wellness programs with CAMP Rehoboth, said the organization is disappointed in the Seaford School District and that more needs to be done to take this and other matters seriously.
“We’re extremely disappointed that they haven’t responded,” he said. “We’ve placed calls, emails, and we haven’t heard back either. It’s really disheartening that there hasn’t been a simple press release saying that this type of bullying will not be tolerated in our high school and especially in our school district. It’s just amazing that they wouldn’t even put a statement out to say ‘hey, we’re not going to tolerate this, and we’re going to do everything we can to remedy this situation and also prevent future situations.”
Seeley feels the Seaford School District is not safe for LGBTQ students in the face of a history of incidents involving homophobic bullying and anti-LGBTQ actions from teachers and administration.
“I don’t believe it’s safe for LGBTQ students,” he explained. “I think there’s other students who have harrassed other students. There’s also admin, teachers, who are not supportive of the LGBTQ community and I know that they’ve made it hard for them. We get those calls in at CAMP Rehoboth, and we’re usually the last place for these parents to go because they have no where else to turn.”
It’s unclear at this time what position the Seaford School District has on the incident involving Lamont Cloud Jr., who was called a faggot and attacked for being gay at Seaford High School.