How Can This Keep Happening?

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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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Hello. I love how you are

Submitted by Miranda on 22 April 2012 - 5:38pm.

Hello. I love how you are giving Kenneth a place to be remembered, but if I may, I would like to add some others who have not been mentioned who have, unfortunately, been lost during the month of April 2012.

Victoria Tristan Roxas Alora, who prefered to be called Tristian, committed suicide due to homophobia bullying on April 18, 2012. She lived in the United Kingdom. She was 15.

Lane Laymon attempted suicide due to homophobic bullying on April 11, 2012. He died on April 13, 2012. He was 14.

Grace McComas committed suicide caused by homophobic bullying on April 8, 2012. She was 15.

Kenny Wolf committed suicide caused by homophobic bullying. He was 16.

Rest in peace.

This needs to stop.

This is Grace McComas' mom.

Submitted by Christine on 6 May 2012 - 4:15pm.

This is Grace McComas' mom. She was indeed a victim of cyber-bullying, however it had nothing to do with homophobia.
Please correct.
Thanks.