Sunday, January 22, 2012

In Tennessee: A Gay teen took his life because of Bullying

Another teen took his life because of bullying. Phillip Parker killed himself because no one tried to stop students from picking on him. He was only 14-years old.

WBIR reports:
More than 100 people gathered in Gordonsville on Saturday night, grieving the loss of Phillip.
"He was fun, he was energetic, he was happy," said Gena Parker, Phillip's mother.

To his many friends, Phillip was known as the boy who told everyone they're beautiful.
"He kept telling me he had a rock on his chest," said Ruby Harris, Phillip's grandmother. "He just wanted to take the rock off where he could breathe."

Phillip's family said they reported their concerns over their son's bullying to Gordonsville High School on multiple occasions, but the bullying by a group of students just got worse.

"I believe my whole family up in heaven's taking good care of him," said friend Megan Redinger. 
This happened in Tennessee, the state that believes students should not say Gay. It is also the place that may allow students to bully others in the name of the Lord. The officials in Tennessee need to see how this foolish and hateful measure hurts the kids.

Hopefully, Phillip's death will make them think about the truly protecting the youth.


Roger Poladopoulos said...

Unfortunately, many of those who need to open their eyes to this type of violence will only look the other way or bury their heads in the sand. To do otherwise, they'd have to recognize this young persons blood on their hands.

tamayn said...

Unfortunately all we can do is hope that people wake up to what a real problem this is.

luciferosirisarnold said...

These kids don't have to kill themselves.
I am starting to think this is so kinda fad or secret pact. This is just crazy.

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