Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part series examining the bullying of gay students in area schools and how school districts address the issue.LONG BEACH -- For three consecutive years, Alyssa Mullenix, a 17-year-old senior at Lakewood High School, said she has been harassed with anti-gay slurs and physically assaulted by fellow students because she is a lesbian.
As a sophomore, Mullenix said she skipped her second semester because she didn't feel safe at school.
"I feel like a second-class citizen," Mullenix said. "It makes me feel less than human."
More than 70,000 California students are harassed because they are gay or lesbian or perceived to be, a