Several speakers at Thursday's county school board meeting criticized a proposed human relations policy for its failure to include sexual orientation in a ban against discrimination.
Nora Moore, a member of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, said her son felt alone and isolated as a homosexual student at Oakland Mills High School.
Jonathan Polanin, who works with the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League in Washington, said he experienced discrimination in high school. He did not identify the school.
The proposed policy states that the board will not tolerate discrimination based on age, creed, ethnic background, mental and physical development, race, gender, job classification, socioeconomic status or special need. It is scheduled for a board vote Oct. 25.