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How many more kids have to die?

by Jeremy Hooper

Hey, anti-gays who vocally resisted the recent Day of Silence: WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO ANSWER TO THIS?

On Thursday afternoon, after returning home from Dunaire Elementary School, [11-year-old Jaheem Herrera] quietly went into his room and hanged himself. His 10-year-old sister, Yerralis, also a fifth-grader, discovered Jaheem’s dead body.
Jaheem was bullied relentlessly, his family said. Keene said the family knew the boy was a target, but until his death they didn’t understand the scope.
“They called him gay and a snitch,” his stepfather said. “All the time they’d call him this.”
Family says bullying led boy, 11, to hang himself [Atlanta Journal-Constituion]

This is now the second young boy in as many weeks to hang himself because of gay-centric taunts. And what do we get from the other side? More resistance to our attempts to curb school bullying (just yesterday was the anti-gay "Day of Truth"), and more hostility towards other acceptance-encouraging measures like hate crimes legislation and nondiscrimination protections. And when it comes to acknowledgment of these kids' sad deaths and the root behind them, we get abject silence.

If you are truly pro-life, you will give a damn about the well-being of post-born children. And if you are truly pro-family, you will see an interest in diminishing the sort of gay-centric victimization that is fostered by "pro-family" viewpoints!

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Jeremy - these so called "pro-family" groups are nothing but HATE groups - don't think they'd ever shed a tear over a dead gay boy - I swear to God even if it was their own child they'd rather he killed himself than be gay and if he didn't, they probably would kill him themselves. How much HATE to these people need - there is no God that will forgive them for what they've done - so they might as well plan on going to hell right now. Hate, Hate, Hate, Hate! They can't get enough of it.

Posted by: tom | Apr 21, 2009 9:50:43 AM

What's especially appalling is their inability to grasp the simple fact that a person doesn't have to identify as gay to be subjected to anti-gay bullying. You'd think that anybody who's been a kid in the past century would know this.
Of course the way to discourage such bullying is to discourage the stigmatizing of GLBT people. They don't want to do that, so they see suicides like this as collaterall damage.

Posted by: Bill S | Apr 21, 2009 9:53:11 AM

"What's especially appalling is their inability to grasp the simple fact that a person doesn't have to identify as gay to be subjected to anti-gay bullying."

That's an excellent point, Bill. In school, I was actually not a bullied kid. I played sports, got along with most everyone, etc. Most of the kids who were tormented and teased, complete with the "f*g" epithets that often come with that, are now hetero-identified and married.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Apr 21, 2009 10:19:14 AM

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