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US: Gay teenager committed suicide because of bullying, parents say

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  1. It’s not good enough for a school to say they were not aware, it’s their job to make sure they ARE aware of what’s happening on their grounds to their students. Sounds to me as though the school is covering their own ass and claiming ignorance. Very sad story indeed and I fear it’ll just keep happening until schools are forced to take responsibility for their students and their actions.

  2. Spanner1960 6 Dec 2012, 3:01am

    This is just the tip of the iceberg. There were claims that suicides due to gay bullying in Utah alone were averaging one a week, so if one extrapolates that across the US, that’s 2,600 a year, almost as many as died in 9/11 happening every year, yet oddly nobody even mentions it.

    1. mickie_newton 6 Dec 2012, 9:58pm

      That’s just awful! One a week is just shocking :(

  3. This isn’t exactly a surprise, after all america is the land of hate and ignorance for all.

  4. Robert in S. Kensington 6 Dec 2012, 2:57pm

    Isn’t it interesting that there have been no reports of any of the churches condemning the bullying of gay children? Those very churches are the ones who should be taking some of the responsibility for the hateful vitriole and anti-gay fear-mongering that incite others to bully, discriminate and in some cases, mame, kill or induce a young gay boy or girl to commit suicide.

    A parallel can be drawn for those who oppose equal marriage who are also culpable to some extent by insisting that our relationships of commitment are significantly less than theirs and that we do not deserve to be treated equally. It enables some so inclined to believe that our lives aren’t worth anything and as such, doesn’t matter if we’re discriminated against because we’re not in the majority. It’s amazing that this issue is never raised during the equal marriage debate. It’s totally relevant in my view.

  5. mickie_newton 6 Dec 2012, 9:58pm

    Another terrible loss :( I went through awful bullying at school with nothing being done about it. And when I did step up to defend myself I was the one who got into trouble and not the girl who was bullying me! I was lucky, I got through it and survived it, though not completely unscathed as it leaves it’s mark.

    It’s about time schools stopped passing the blame and ignoring a child’s cry for help! Makes me so mad.

    Even here in the UK were there is a big anti-bullying campaign schools still ignore it. My niece and nephew go to the same school as me and see it happening all the time and nothing being done!

  6. Pavlos Prince of Greece 7 Dec 2012, 8:46pm

    One day I will do the same. But I am 34, and this dear, innocent boy only 17…

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