Jamey’s death came nearly a full year since a rash of anti-LGBT bullying related suicides gripped the U.S. and drew international intention.
In fact this week marks the anniversary of Tyler Clementi’s suicide, an 18-year-old Rutgers freshman who took his own life after his roommate allegedly broadcast over the Internet Clementi’s private encounter with another man. This case is now a criminal trial.
A year on, Tyler’s death still echoes in how we talk about combating bullying.
Since last year’s events, Rutgers itself has striven to better help its LGBT students such as through student matching programs so that kids can, if they would like, be housed with other LGBT kids. You can read more on that here.
Those interested can also click here to read an interview with the man that found Tyler Clementi’s body in the Hudson river last year, and how he believes we must ensure that LGBT kids — and all kids that are bullied — know that they matter. That this is imperative to stopping bullying.
The anniversary of Tyler Clementi’s death has also sparked a new campaign called “Bullying is Violence” which you can learn more about here.
In other news Tammy Aaberg, the mother of Anoka-Hennepin teen suicide victim Justin Aaberg who also took his life last year following bullying related to his sexual orientation, recently delivered over 13,000 petition signatures calling on Michele Bachmann to pay attention to a rash of teen suicides in the Minnesota school district — the district is under federal investigation and is the subject of a law suit over a failure to combat bullying and in particular anti-LGBT bullying.
Don’t Suffer in Silence, Get Help
The Trevor Project runs a 24/7 helpline with trained counselors ready to listen if you or someone you know would like to talk about the issues dealt with in this post.
The Trevor Project Helpline number is 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386).
Trevor Project Links:
IMPORTANT: If you live outside America and require information on services in your country the International Association for Suicide Prevention carries information for crisis centers from across the globe. Please click here for those resources.
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