On January 16, 2012 a student in Chicago was bullied and severely beaten by seven students. The video is horrific and hard to watch.
This example of extreme violence and bullying cannot be tolerated in the city of Chicago. These young criminals must be held accountable for their actions and steps should be taken to educate young people about the dangers of bullying.
Jacob Rogers, a high school senior from Tennessee, ended his life yesterday after enduring years of bullying at school.
Friends say classmates tormented him with anti-gay slurs and left behind notes including passwords to online accounts, so friends and investigators could see evidence of the harassment he endured.
Bloggers started a fund to help his family pay for the funeral and very quickly reached their goal amount of $5,000. Extra money will go to the GLSEN, the It Gets Better Project, the Trevor Project and the ACLU.
Please get help if you need it. Look out for your friends. Stand up for strangers. We cannot handle the loss of another innocent life. This community needs you - these kids need you. Prayers go out to Jacob’s family and friends.
When a teenager started beating up an openly gay classmate at their high school, someone caught the incident on video with a cell phone.
Watch the tape at your own risk - it’s pretty horrid to see and hear. The bullied student’s mother, who narrates much of the video, wants the attack pursued as a hate crime.
It baffles me that nobody is doing anything to stop this, even as something so brutal is happening in front of their eyes. How do we get teachers and administrators to wake up and realize they need to step in and stop this?
Yesterday the White House honored the suicide prevention campaign the Trevor Project as part of the Obama administration’s Champions of Change initiative.
David McFarland, the Trevor Project’s interim executive director and CEO, accepted the honor and met with officials to discuss suicide prevention measures. National Suicide Prevention Week begins September 4.
From the Advocate:
Champions of Change: Winning the Future Across America honors individuals and groups that are innovators in a variety of fields. Each week the White House invites a new champion to share ideas. The Trevor Project will be featured on the Champions of Change website beginning Monday.
Good good good. The Trevor Project does great work and deserves as much attention as possible.
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