Gay teen’s suicide in Utah highlights youth bullying risks – CNBC

SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) – Gay rights activists in Utah are calling for action to halt bullying in the conservative state after the suicide of a small-town gay Mormon teenager who friends and activists said was tormented at school because of his sexual orientation.

Utah has the nation’s 12th highest rate of youth suicide, according to a 2009 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On average, two teens a day are treated in Utah emergency rooms after suicide attempts, state health department data from 2008 to 2010 showed.

via Gay teen’s suicide in Utah highlights youth bullying risks – CNBC.

Teen suicide is a serious problem in both gay and straight youth and bullying plays a big role in this, below are some resources available to those who may be thinking about suicide or youth questioning their sexuality, remember that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem – MAKE THE CALL!

 

OUR OPINION: We must stop bullying. It starts here. And it starts now. – Sioux City Journal

Siouxland lost a young life to a senseless, shameful tragedy last week. By all accounts, Kenneth Weishuhn was a kind-hearted, fun-loving teenage boy, always looking to make others smile. But when the South O’Brien High School 14-year-old told friends he was gay, the harassment and bullying began. It didn’t let up until he took his own life.

Sadly, Kenneth’s story is far from unique. Boys and girls across Iowa and beyond are targeted every day. In this case sexual orientation appears to have played a role, but we have learned a bully needs no reason to strike. No sense can be made of these actions.

Now our community and region must face this stark reality: We are all to blame. We have not done enough. Not nearly enough.

This is not a failure of one group of kids, one school, one town, one county or one geographic area. Rather, it exposes a fundamental flaw in our society, one that has deep-seated roots. Until now, it has been too difficult, inconvenient — maybe%2

via OUR OPINION: We must stop bullying. It starts here. And it starts now..

14-Year-Old Kenneth James Weishuhn Commits Suicide After Coming Out / Queerty

A post on CNN’s iReports—which doesn’t vet or fact-check its content—is saying 14-year-old Kenneth James Weishuhn of Primghar, Iowa, committed suicide on Saturday night and was found dead on Sunday. (A funeral announcement seems to confirm the story.) Details are sketchy at this point, but James had been bullied regularly since he came out at school several months ago

via 14-Year-Old Kenneth James Weishuhn Commits Suicide After Coming Out / Queerty.

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Teen suicide is a serious problem in both gay and straight youth and bullying plays a big role in this, below are some resources available to those who may be thinking about suicide or youth questioning their sexuality, remember that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem – MAKE THE CALL!

 

Tyler Clementi

On September 22, 2010 Tyler Clementi felt he had no other alternatives than to jump off a bridge and end his life.  At the tender young age of 18 when life should be nearly perfect for a musically gifted man just starting college at Rutgers University he chose to end his life.

Tyler starting his freshman year in college had told his parents before going off to school that he was gay,  he was in the closet until this time,  he kept his sexual orientation a secret for nearly his entire life.  This is truly sad that he was not able to live his life openly as who he was due to rampant homophobia.  Why it took him so long to tell his parents we will probably never know, but there had to be an underlying reason.

Tyler was a victim of homophobia,  while Tyler made the decision to jump society as a whole let this young man down.  When you have big political and government figures openly spewing their hate on the main media outlets it perpetuates homophobia.  Unlike homosexuality people are not born homophobes, they learn it from such organizations as the westboro baptist church – perpetuating intolerance and hate.

Parents love your children no matter what and make sure they know that, talk with the about these sensitive issues and let them know they can always be open and honest with you and you will always except them as they are and support them.  No parent should have to endure what Joe & Jane Clementi have just gone through – a trial of a person who contributed to Tyler’s decision to end his life.

Just imagine if Tyler was able to accept early in his life that he was gay, his parents gave him unconditional love and support so he was able to be open and honest to them,  this most likely would have helped Tyler be more comfortable in who he was,  had he had more confidence in himself he probably could have better coped with the bullying he ultimately received.

Teen suicide is a serious problem in both gay and straight youth and bullying plays a big role in this, below are some resources available to those who may be thinking about suicide or youth questioning their sexuality, remember that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem – MAKE THE CALL!