A Vigil for Joe Rose: Stories of Being Out in High School Paperback – Oct 1 2009
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About the Author
MICHAEL WHATLING grew up outside of Montreal, Canada. For a time he escaped and lived in London, Paris, and Tokyo. He holds a Ph.D. in education, and has taught at the elementary, secondary, and university levels. His writing includes short stories, novels, and screenplays. He now lives in the town where he grew up, tormented by intolerance, the need to write, and wild rabbits in his yard.
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Witnesses to the attack say the youths beat him and stabbed him because his hair was dyed pink. The youths pulled off Rose's hat and started punching him, then pulled out hunting and kitchen knives and scissors and stabbed him repeatedly before fleeing the bus. A female bus driver who tried to intervene was struck but not seriously injured.
"I'm convinced it was because he's gay," said one witness who asked not to be identified. "There were a lot of people they could have singled out. Why him? He had pink hair and looked gay. They chose him."
A family spokesperson said Rose was returning home from a friend's house on the last bus. In college, Rose was the president of the gay and lesbian student group.
A 19-year-old and a 15-year-old will be charged later today with second-degree murder. Two juveniles, 14 and 15, who cannot be named under youth protection laws, will be charged as accessories after the fact.
I first encountered Michael Whatling's writing on Authonomy. It was with regard to the novella, The Last Coming Out Story, now published as part of a collection called, A Vigil for Joe Rose [iUniverse, 2008]. At the time I was impressed by his skill, but finding Authonomy too much of a popularity contest cum paper chase, I didn't revisit it until recently. That's when I learned of Michael's published work.Read more ›
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Each student's story is different, but with many of the same situations. Some schools and classmates were more accepting than others. Some parents and family members were as well. Each student reacted in a fashion dictated by their own fears and conscience.
Through these stories Mr. Whatling shows the reality of "accepting" schools and friends. It is his hope that school administrators and teachers all over North America read and understand his point of view - that our schools, even "accepting" schools, are doing their LGBT students a disservice.
From my perspective - recognizing that I am neither a high school student nor gay - this is an important work. I feel that I hear the student's voices. They ask only for acceptance and respect for who they are.
This is an excellent book. It should be in every school and municipal library, accessible to parents, students, and their teachers and administrators.
How much did I like it? My wife and I purchased it for our local PFLAG Chapter, even though we have my review copy at home. Highly recommended.
as certain "administrators" and other educators see what is like for glbtq teens to come out in school. Then maybe certain "administrators" will do more to make their school culture safe for glbtq youth and teachers as well as all youth.