Tragic. Heartbreaking. Sorrowful. Just three adjectives that can be used to describe the 2010-2011 school year. On the heels of recent news that a Houston teenager took his own life because of anti-gay bullying he faced in school, comes word that a 13-year-old California student has died after a suicide attempt. Why did this student, Seth Walsh, commit suicide?
Because he was tormented relentlessly by bullies over his perceived sexual orientation.
KGET.com notes in their story that Walsh attempted suicide last week after sustained bullying, by hanging himself from a tree. He was found unconscious, and rushed to a hospital via helicopter. He remained on life support until last night, when doctors pronounced him dead.
Another example of the tragic consequences of bullying realized. And that's something that those who picked on Seth Walsh now have to live with for the rest of their lives.
"Several of the kids that we talked to broke down into tears," Jeff Kermode, Tehachapi Police Chief, said. "They had never expected an outcome such as this."
Somehow it seems like that sentiment ought to be put on every blackboard in every classroom in the entire country. Bullying kids because of their real or perceived sexual orientation has dire consequences. Seth Walsh. Justin Aaberg. Asher Brown. Billy Lucas.
How many more students have to die this year -- just weeks into the 2010-2011 school year at that -- before the epidemic of anti-gay bullying in this country gets addressed by school administrators, politicians, parents, and students? http://gayrights.change.org/blog/view/gay_13-year-old_bullied_to_death_in_california