The third young victim in a week has claimed his life in response to alleged anti-gay bullying.
Seth Walsh was found unconscious in his backyard on September 19 after trying to take his life. He was rushed to the hospital, but unfortunately, not in time to save his life.
Seth Walsh, a 13-year-old California middle school student, died in the hospital on Tuesday, days after he attempted to take his own life after reportedly enduring relentless bullying.
Friends told NBC affiliate KGET that Seth had been picked on for years because he was gay.
Police investigators interviewed some of the young people who taunted Seth the day he hanged himself, and determined despite the tragic outcome of their ridicule, their actions do not constitute a crime, reported KGET.
“Several of the kids that we talked to broke down into tears,” Jeff Kermode, Tehachapi Police Chief, said. “They had never expected an outcome such as this.”
Judy Walsh hopes her son’s death is a wake up call to the community to “develop more tolerance for different people.”
On September 22, it was 18-year-old Tyler Clementi, who took his life just one month into his first year at Rutgers University.
On September 23, 13-year-old Asher Brown made the same tragic decision.
The eighth-grader killed himself last week. He shot himself in the head after enduring what his mother and stepfather say was constant harassment from four other students at Hamilton Middle School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District.
Brown, his family said, was “bullied to death” — picked on for his small size, his religion and because he did not wear designer clothes and shoes. Kids also accused him of being gay, some of them performing mock gay acts on him in his physical education class, his mother and stepfather said.
The 13-year-old’s parents said they had complained about the bullying to Hamilton Middle School officials during the past 18 months, but claimed their concerns fell on deaf ears.
SMH. No wonder celebrities are being so supportive of the “It Gets Better” campaign.
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