It is okay if you_re gay … Stop Bullying Now (PL)

really important to talk about on February 12th an openly gay fifteen-year-old boy named Larry who is an eighth grader in Oxnard California was murdered by a fellow 8th grader named Brandon Larry was killed because he was gay days before he was murdered Larry asked his killer to be his Valentine I don’t want to be political this is not political I’m not a political person that this is personal to me a boy has been killed and a number of lives have been ruined and somewhere along the line the killer Brandon got the message that it’s so threatening and so awful and so horrific that Larry would want to be his Valentine that killing Larry seemed to be the right thing to do and when the message out there is so horrible but to be gay you can get killed for it we need to change the message Larry was not a second-class citizen I am NOT a second-class citizen it is okay if you’re gay he was a warm kind caring kid before he left school in the morning I would tell him put on your tough face Karl and he would just smile he was always smiling cuz it was a joke cuz he just had a smile he wasn’t a tough kid you know he was weak kid he was a sweet kid yeah alright and so what what happened Karl he was bullied at school for how long how long was that going on I believe most of the school year and I think as a direct result of his being bullied he took his life he just couldn’t take that what and he didn’t want to tell Nate you know about it right he told me about it right and I talked to I contacted the school immediately and told him told the school the administrators that there was a problem my son was having a problem and all the you know the school wanted to know you know who were the people involved with bullying him and he wouldn’t tell well at first he wouldn’t tell but I made him tell because you know I said they can’t help unless you tell who that young people are and he said I’m afraid mom I’m afraid they’ll call me a rat a snitch or a tattletale and what were they calling what kind of names were they calling you they were just saying you act like you’re gay you must be gay we think you’re gay that’s what they were calling him so if the point is whether you know I’m used to young it’s 11 and it’s not even about that it’s just that that main calling alone I mean I was an extremely sensitive child and I think a lot of people are and I think it’s good to be sensitive and as I’ve gotten older I haven’t gotten tougher I am sensitive I’ll always be sensitive but when you’re a kid you need extra help and I feel like there needs to be a class taught every single day in school that’s compassion you have history you have math you have English you have compassion every single day kids should be taught kindness to other kids I am devastated over the death of 18 year old Tyler Clementi if you don’t know Tyler was a bright student at Rutgers University whose life was senselessly cut short he was outed as being gay on the Internet and he killed himself something must be done this month alone there have been a shocking number of news stories about teens who have been teased and bullied and then committed suicide like 13 year-old Seth Walsh in Tehachapi California 13 year old Asher Brown in Cypress Texas and 15 year-old Billy Lucas in Greensburg Indiana this needs to be a wake-up call to everyone that teenage bullying and teasing is an epidemic in this country and the death rate is climbing one life lost in the senseless way is tragic four lives lost is a crisis and these are just the stories we hear about how many other teams have we lost how many others are suffering in silence being a teenager and figuring out who you are is hard enough without someone attacking you my heart is breaking for their families for their friends and for our society that continues to let this happen these kids needed us and we have an obligation that changed us there are messages everywhere that validate this kind of bullying and targeted and we have to make it stop we can’t let intolerance and ignorance take another kid’s life