A disturbing trend continues, sadly close to Big Sky Country, a Cody woman believes her grandson committed suicide because he was repeatedly bullied. The 16-year-old’s best friend agrees, but police aren’t saying much about the teenager’s death. It was the day before Halloween when Sharon Wells left her home to pick up some Halloween candy. Her adopted grandson, Kyle Wells, was at home alone. When she came home a few minutes later, she found Kyle dead of a gunshot wound.
Wells believes bullying helped kill her son. She says he was taunted by other kids throughout his life, because of his small size. “It started when he was in kindergarten. He was about the size of a two year old. And the kids would carry him around and call him their baby…He hated that. He wanted to feel as big and important as they were,” says Wells.
Poughkeepsie students said bullying is a problem that must be solved.
They took to the streets Friday to draw attention to a problem not only in their own classrooms, hallways and playgrounds but in schools across New York State. That’s why the New York State Legislature recently enacted the Dignity for All Students Act — which takes effect July 1.
The law requires public schools to provide a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying. That’s what Poughkeepsie City School District Superintendent Laval Wilson told over 200 students Friday afternoon assembled in the high school auditorium.
Hundreds of Poughkeepsie students, including Clinton Elementary School fourth-grader Jase Reeder, marched against violence and bullying through the streets of the City of Poughkeepsie on Friday. / Darryl Bautista/Poughkeepsie Journal
A 17-year old from Mountain Green, Utah, has killed himself due to homophobic bullying, local media organisations report.
Jack Reese is not the first person to have taken his own life in Northern Utah. One official spoke off-the-record to Marian Edmonds of Ogden OUTreach: “It happens here about once a week, but officially, you know, it doesn’t happen here.”
Jack’s boyfriend, Alex Smith, spoke early in the week at a community event during which a film on bullying was being screened. Smith recalled, without even realising that Jack had already taken his own life, how his boyfriend was repeatedly bullied at school.
“He told me he got shoved and punched in the face in PE in the locker room at Cashmere,” said Lexii Mullin of Wenatchee, a friend of Rafael Morelos.
“He was tired of people saying that his little brothers would follow in his footsteps and be gay too,” said Maranda Blankenship of Wenatchee.
Lexi said someone created a fake Facebook page so he or she could talk to Rafael rudely.
Rob Cline, principal at Cashmere Middle School, said by phone on Friday that there was no ongoing investigation into Rafael being bullied at the school. He said that Rafael had, earlier in the school year, reported one incidence of being bullied but “we took care of that. We investigated and took appropriate action.”
Cline declined to say what action the district took, or when during the school year Rafael complained to the school about being bullied.
Rafael’s mother, Malinda Morelos, said during an interview Thursday afternoon that she did not hear that her son was bullied until a candlelight vigil Tuesday near their home on Eels Road in Cashmere.
“Almost all the kids here told me he was being bullied,” she said. “There were at least 100 people at the vigil.”
She said her son kept his feelings to himself and “he pretended everything was OK.” She said she has known her son was gay for several years.
She said Rafael left a short note before he died that said, ‘Sawwy, guys, but I love you guys.”
At the vigil, Malinda said her son, “sometimes acted strong but, inside, he was dying little by little.”
Janis Hayden, the mother of a Cashmere student, said an account has been set up at Cashmere Valley Bank so people can donate to help the family defray costs associated with Rafael’s death.
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