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My experience is that bullying occurs in both public and private educational institutions. I have not, however, seen any indication that school administrators, as a general rule, are anti-gay or homophobic, even though I am certain that some are.
My experience with private educational institutions is that while they may have good sounding policies (on paper) the enforcement of those policies is haphazard. Sometimes students are called on their behavior and sometimes they are not. Often it seems like in private educational institutions it depended very much on how a teacher perceived the offending student. If the student was thought of as being a good student (or the family of the student was thought of as being a good family) the bullying was ignored. If, on the other hand, the student was thought of as being a bad student (or the family was not highly prized by the private institution) the student was disciplined for behavior that other students would get away with.
My experience in the public educational setting is that while a classroom teacher may be very attentive to bullying, more likely than not lunch and recess are being monitored by volunteers or high school students or a person who has little contact and therefore knowledge of individual students in a wider context. The adult is putting out too many fires to worry about specifics of who did what, to whom, and why.
This is how bullying is treated in the public system. Administrators often don't investigate upfront, they remove the offender and the victim and wait to investigate based on the blow-back such capricious actions create. No blow-back, no further action needed - problem solved! Everyone feels good at a fraction of the cost.
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