I’ve never been picked on. I don’t know what it’s like to be bullied. I can’t fathom the amount of self-hatred a person has to possess in order to torment another person so mercilessly, so vigilantly, that suicide is the only way to make it stop.
But that’s what parents are teaching their children. That’s what schools are letting students get away with. That’s what other kids are cheering on.
Four kids (kids!) killed themselves in one month because of bullying. Because they were gay. Because they choose to be themselves, to love, and to invest time and emotions in a relationship that others didn’t approve of. Billy Lucas lived in my home state. In the same country I lived and worked in for years.
This is a crisis. A tragedy. An epidemic. It needs to stop.
It will get better. The more we talk about how unacceptable bullying of any kind is, the less acceptable it will become.
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