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Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover was 11-- hardly old enough to know his sexuality and yet distraught enough to hang himself last week after school bullies repeatedly called him "gay."
"I am brokenhearted," she told ABCNews.com. "We worry about the economy and about Iraq, but we need to be worried about our schools."
Walker, who works as a director of homeless programs, said Carl -- a slight child who loved his schoolwork -- had endured endless taunts since he started sixth grade in September.
Originally posted by Zenagain
I got called much worse in grade school and didn't hang myself. I don't agree with bullying but I DO agree with growing a pair. Life sucks, get a helmet.
Edit: Just please, PLEASE don't be shooting up your schools, M'kay?
[edit on 16-4-2009 by Zenagain]
We may want to look at how some schools are ran in other countries where (let’s face it), the students in general are doing far better when it comes to bullying, to test scores, to pregnancy and STD prevention, than American students.
whatever you cretins want to name God,
but, in this case and many cases where kids feel alone and unloved and in pain - Jesus / God works.
While I do not condone the actions of these bullies, I do agree with some of the posts here that there is more to place blame on than just the bullies alone. I would suggest that it's a number of things that culminated in this boys suicide.
Originally posted by Exv8densez
Yeah, you know cause that’s how a "boys" become men. Yeah thats how to grow up, you know, being psychologically and physically harass by a bunch of little inconsiderate savages. Yeeeeeehaa! But hey you know, its not like that gay tag has “any” repercussions. Humm I wonder if it was because the kid “looked” gay? Well, you know, a typical effeminated-looking 11 year old boy. Hum..maybe the little pair that this boy had wasn’t big enough to be considered “manly”. Who knows?
Oh well, bad luck.
[edit on 16-4-2009 by Exv8densez]
I think the worst of my problems was that I was redheaded.lol.