Oh, for the love of Athena, people! I keep seeing stories about kids committing suicide because people bullied them about being — or appearing to be — gay. This week alone, I’ve read about three teens who have died due to bullying: Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, and Tyler Clementi. Billy Lucas also died this month. It breaks my heart that these kids saw no option other than killing themselves.
How many people must commit suicide — how many people must die — before we finally take a stand and say that this is enough? How many people must die before people realize that we all deserve to be safe from bullying and violence, regardless of our gender, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, ability, athletic preferences, class, clothing choices?
It’s reported that people knew Billy, Asher, and Seth were being bullied, and no one did anything. The schools didn’t do anything. No one stopped the bullies. No one stopped them. What is wrong with people?
How is it that society allows this? How can this be?
I know I’m not being articulate, and for that, I apologize. But this — such senseless cruelty and loss of life — tears at my heart in a way that I lose my ability to analyze, my ability to reason and think critically.
This is not acceptable. Something must be done. We have lost too many people to bullying, and it needs to stop.