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Tue Aug 28, 2018, 12:13 AM

9-year-old boy commits suicide after being bullied.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/9-year-old-denver-boy-dies-by-suicide-after-being-bullied-at-school-mother-says/

Why post this here? Because politicians and members of the media (along with everyone else, of course) have a role to play in reducing these tragedies. The ignorant bigots who dominate the Republican Party must be held to account. They gain and maintain power purely because they foster and exploit racism (including xenophobia), sexism and heterosexism/homophobia.

Jamel Myles deserved so, so, so much better.

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Reply 9-year-old boy commits suicide after being bullied. (Original post)
Garrett78 Aug 2018 OP
Behind the Aegis Aug 2018 #1
get the red out Aug 2018 #7
AlexSFCA Aug 2018 #2
JI7 Aug 2018 #5
ProudLib72 Aug 2018 #3
JI7 Aug 2018 #4
Laffy Kat Aug 2018 #6
mnmoderatedem Aug 2018 #8
Garrett78 Aug 2018 #9
Different Drummer Aug 2018 #10

Response to Garrett78 (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2018, 12:26 AM

1. Homophobia kills!

This is why I can be so "humorless" about using the GLBT, especially gay men and trans women, as the butt of jokes or as methods of attack against opponents. All of those "jokes" add up and take a toll on people's self-esteem. For all the cries to examine one's white and male privileges, people need to start examining their straight privilege as well as their "contributions" to heterosexism and homophobia and work to battle it. Sporting a rainbow flag is all well and good, but there MUCH more which needs to be done.

•Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24.1
•LGB youth seriously contemplate suicide at almost three times the rate of heterosexual youth.2
•LGB youth are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth.2
•Of all the suicide attempts made by youth, LGB youth suicide attempts were almost five times as likely to require medical treatment than those of heterosexual youth.2
•Suicide attempts by LGB youth and questioning youth are 4 to 6 times more likely to result in injury, poisoning, or overdose that requires treatment from a doctor or nurse, compared to their straight peers.2
•In a national study, 40% of transgender adults reported having made a suicide attempt. 92% of these individuals reported having attempted suicide before the age of 25.3
•LGB youth who come from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times as likely to have attempted suicide as LGB peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection.4
•1 out of 6 students nationwide (grades 9–12) seriously considered suicide in the past year. [5]
•Each episode of LGBT victimization, such as physical or verbal harassment or abuse, increases the likelihood of self-harming behavior by 2.5 times on average.6

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 28, 2018, 05:31 AM

7. I bet the parents of the bullies

Have them in Church every time the doors open, (you can take that as either sarcasm or my opinion of a potential factor in their behavior. I lean toward the latter.)

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Response to Garrett78 (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2018, 12:52 AM

2. heart breaking

Kids are coming out at younger age, there needs to be some sort of protocol/recommendation developed when that happens. Maybe parents need to join some support group with their kids, talk about possibility of bullying and how to deal with it, etc. This story is so heart breaking, the kid did not kill himself (he was only 9 years old) - it was other kids who killed him and they learned himophobia from their parents.

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Response to AlexSFCA (Reply #2)

Tue Aug 28, 2018, 01:07 AM

5. how about teaching kids about different people and acceptance at an early age

you know the bigoted parents would be against it.

but there should be some requirement .

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Response to Garrett78 (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2018, 12:59 AM

3. What is wrong with the world when it takes four days of going to school

to convince a little boy to kill himself? Schools are not safe places in the least.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 28, 2018, 01:05 AM

4. and at fucking 9 years old. he was so proud and looking forward

to going to school and being himself .

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Response to Garrett78 (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2018, 03:06 AM

6. I read the article on Huff Post while I was at work tonight.

And burst out crying. I had to leave for a few minutes. To think of that poor boy in that much pain to take his own life is heart-ripping.

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Response to Garrett78 (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2018, 05:55 AM

8. my friend's 10 year old son attempted suicide at age 10 for the same reason

bullied because his classmates knew he was gay. My friend got called from work when neighbors discovered her son tried to hang himself from a tree in his backyard. At age 10. Thankfully they intervened and saved him before he was too late. He's a young adult now and adjusted. Could have been tragic.

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Response to mnmoderatedem (Reply #8)

Tue Aug 28, 2018, 10:08 AM

9. I'm glad he made it through, but he obviously never should have gone through that.

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Response to Garrett78 (Original post)

Thu Aug 30, 2018, 12:04 PM

10. This story hurt me deeply.

I didn't know about it until I saw an interview with Jamel's mom this morning on CNN. It's inexcusable that Jamel was bullied for being who he is, but this is what life has become like in The Age of Trump. The parents of the kids who bullied Jamel are probably proud of what their kids did.

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