With mainstream media campaigns like It Gets Better and social media efforts to curtail harassment, how is it that another 14-year-old young gay man took his own life? Well, bullies are loud and persistent, and they are still everywhere.
Not only was Kenneth Weishhuhn Jr. teased and harassed to his face, but a group of classmates also created an online "hate group" devoted to making him miserable. The taunting escalated to phone calls. Enemies joined together to take part in the bullying and friends turned a blind eye.
There are many resources aimed at silencing the bullies and giving a voice to victims, but every child lost is a shameful reminder of society's failure to use these resources effectively. We all need to take incidents like Kenneth’s death personally and step up to eradicate this epidemic.
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