"I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens. What do I have to do so people will listen?" - Jamey Rodemeyer, 14, dead.
I encourage you to watch this video about Jamey, who committed suicide after being literally bullied to death for being gay.
Now this isn't only about being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered, though it is those in the GLBT community who are often bullied; it's about our youth. The ones crying out for attention.
Somewhere along the line these children are taught that it is OK to judge and ostracize others.
Where is this message coming from?
It's coming from us, the adults - the role models. And I have to say, Jamey was not just "one kid who committed suicide."
He is part of a growing trend of teenagers who feel there is no escape from the torment of their peers. Just imagining Jamey's experience and his final thoughts haunt and disgust me.
Instead, they hear the political war over gay marriage and gay rights. This message of racism and prejudice.
They hear this resounding message from some Americans that it's NOT OK to be gay, white, black, Catholic or Atheist. The message they are getting is that no matter what they do, they will never be equal and they will never be able to be truly free.
How sad is that, America? Politics and GLBT views aside, this is a young life lost.
It wouldn't have mattered his race, religion, sexuality or social class. All that matters is that a kid in his prime was so scared, hurt and lost that he felt death would have been a better solution.
When a kid chooses death over life, it really goes to show you just how bad life has become.
Please, listen to your kids. Listen to other kids. Teach them that it's OK to be who you are. Don't be a bully to your own kid. Let's have open dialogue with our kids about what they are experiencing at school.
Kids, it gets better. I promise.
Do you feel there is enough support in the Crossroads for bullied kids?
I'd like to hear your thoughts. Please, comment on this blog or shoot me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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