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Just another dead gay kid, age 13

Timothy Kincaid

September 28th, 2010

On another website I’ve been having a conversation with some folk who “do not perceive homosexuality to be a normal or healthy human variation or way of living.” And they support Focus on the Family in their opposition to targeted anti-bullying programs because such programs are all just a cover to “pass off pro-gay political fluff as curriculum in the guise of bullying prevention.”

And because they support the cultivation and continuance of a culture of disapproval towards homosexuality, they oppose anything that might suggest to kids that it’s ok to be gay. They even fear that telling kids not to pick on others due to sexual orientation might make some vulnerable questioning kid identify with being gay and send him on a path to sin and misery.

I could understand such fears if we were talking in the abstract. I could consider the fear and ignorance behind their concerns and try and find a way to assure them that just because a school accepts gay kids does not mean that it rejects those who believe that sexuality outside of the confines of a bronze age morality code is sinful.

But then I read stories like this one. (Houston Chronicle)

Asher Brown’s worn-out tennis shoes still sit in the living room of his Cypress-area home while his student progress report — filled with straight A’s — rests on the coffee table.

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.

I am so f*cking sick of this. This little boy, 13 years old, was trying to come to terms with his sexuality (he had just come out to his family). His parents were trying their hardest to help. But they could not get his school to support them.

School district spokeswoman Kelli Durham said no students, school employees or the boy’s parents ever reported that he was being bullied.

That statement infuriated the Truongs, who accused the school district of protecting the bullies and their parents.

“That’s absolutely inaccurate — it’s completely false,” Amy Truong said. “I did not hallucinate phone calls to counselors and assistant principals. We have no reason to make this up. … It’s like they’re calling us liars.”

And this just makes me insane.

On the last week of his life he was kicked down a flight of stairs. When he tried to retrieve his book bag, other students kicked his books away. The school “turned up no witnesses.”

But is isn’t just the administrators that are morally responsible for Asher’s death. It is also all of those “good Christian people” who support Focus on the Family and their campaign to prevent schools from protecting gay kids.

I can understand how someone might not want a program that “promotes homosexuality.” But I cannot for the life of me understand their priorities. Is it really all that important to them that no one at Asher Brown’s school tell him that he’s okay and stop other students from tormenting him?

Because what we are seeing is the alternative. And I cannot fathom how you could possibly decide that it’s better for small gay children to die than support them.

UPDATE: reader tobyk reminds us that this is the same school district whose administrators refused to help Jayron Martin, a gay kid who was left with a concussion after being beaten with a metal pole.

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Theo
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

The Christians who run the roost in Texas and Indiana assure us that they have nothing but the greatest love for the homosexual; it is only his sin that they hate. Yet when you listen for their cries of grief for 3 gay teen suicides in 1 week, along with an 11-year old who got his arm broken b/c he was perceived as being gay, all I hear is the sound of crickets. There is not a public statement, not a press release, not a sound. Certainly no attempt to reach out to the families or to offer them any solace.

That is what Christian love is. $38 million for TV ads in CA and $3 million for TV ads in MA to create a mass panic that gays might be mentioned in the schools. But not even a solitary letter with a postage stamp for the dead homosexual that they love so dearly. You’d almost think these suicides are the optimal outcome but they are too cowardly to admit it.

Lindoro Almaviva
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

And it is precisely because of situations like these that i no longer care about what other people say and I am no longer nice about people like Maggie Moo who walk around with a superiority complex and self entitlement issues.

I have developed a low tolerance for people’s bull and condescending attitude. I think it is high time some of these self-proclaimed Christians learn the meaning of you reap what you sow

justsearching
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

I’ve read some of Dobson’s sh*t where he talks about how miserable the gay lifestyle is. “Homosexual” youths, Dobson writes, are more likely to drink, use drugs, be depressed etc. I have no idea how true this tendency is today; however, it’s clear that it’s Dobson and his ilk and their love of institutionalized homophobia that are helping increase this damaging behavior. Dobson, of course, pegs the problems on homosexuality itself. What a blind idiot.

Starshadow
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

As a lesbian, a mother of three grown kids, one gay son, two straight married daughters, grandmother to kids who may or may or may not prove to be whatever they are (and who will be well-loved no matter what) this breaks my heart. Dobson and his ilk are purely evil. They don’t “love the homosexual.” Their Jesus never told them to “hate homosexuality”–this is something they take it on themselves to do.

I write science fiction, and it has m/m erotica in it, and the characters are positive bisexual aliens with the attitude that sexuality is just part of peoples’ lives. One part. I am tired of fiction which treats sexuality as something to be feared, and homosexuals or bisexuals as sad, lonely, depressed or doomed because of their sexuality. Kids like this need to understand they are not alone in the world. Or any world.

May the so-called “Christians” like those who help cause suicides like this reap what they sow very quickly. I want no more of these needless deaths. That child did not need to die.

Gus
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

On the last week of his life he was kicked down a flight of stairs. When he tried to retrieve his book bag, other students kicked his books away. The school “turned up no witnesses.”

B.S. Someone has a pic on their phone.

I know I’m an old fart, but why are these parents not calling the cops? Assault is assault, and if you say calling the cops will only make it worse, the punk terrorists have won. When I was having problems with bullies in junior high school (yes, that’s what we used to call it) I said touch me and I will call the cops. That was not a threat, I would have done it and it stopped the threats of physical stuff. The verbal taunts were ignored and my parents never knew. This problem is not going to be solved by faculty telling kids to be nice in anti-bullying campaigns, there has to be consequences.

Call the cops, the school board is not going to like the paper trail, which is why the administrations in individual schools ignore and hide the incidents. The only way to make school administrators accountable is to have a paper trail from an outside, credible source.

Derek
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

There are Christians who are speaking out. There is discussion right now about Christian responsibility for Gay Teen Suicide today on Johnshore.com. I have linked this article over there.

anteros
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

this is so sad. all the suffering and then suicide? nobody should ever have to experience that… and this was an eighth-grader. it’s sad that he could have been saved but wasn’t… if the school had listened to his folks’ complaints and taken this seriously, his peers could have benefited from some anti-bullying education, and he would have been protected by anti-bullying rules. this sort of thing is avoidable, and it makes me sick that people would resist measures to avoid this happening again… on religious grounds? it’s really sad.

Stephen
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

I’ve been following your efforts to break through the profound disconnect with reality at that ‘other site’, Timothy. The commenters there seem to be reasonably intelligent but their absolute inability to see a truth before their eyes is astonishing. I go there to read the comments for that very reason. Which might seem like picking a scab but I try to understand their reasoning, their faith – as they like to call it – the endless rehashing of the same half-baked ideas. The fact that kids are dying seems only to reinforce their fantastical view of the world. Somehow the kids are to blame and to enquire if perhaps the barrage of filth put out by the big for-profit propaganda organizations like Focus on the Family might have something to do with the way the kids are treated in their schools seems to send them into paroxysms of indignation.

I made what I thought was a reasonable suggestion: wouldn’t it be a good idea to find out if this kind of thing happens more in America than in other countries? It seems to me that it does. And if that’s true wouldn’t it be an idea to try to find out why it’s happening here to cause it? The bullies don’t operate in a vacuum, they are policing the boundaries of what is acceptable in our society, boundaries set by the grown-ups. Shouldn’t we perhaps look at what we’re teaching them? Apparently not. Nothing must interfere with their right to tell lies and so this poor kid is dead.

Though I’ve been happy to live here and am fond of the country I’m very grateful I didn’t go to school in the States. The pressures to conform are fierce and the punishment if one doesn’t is merciless.

JandyA
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

We love you Asher. Please help us, by your murder, to realize just how henious is the HATRED spawned in the name of “Love the sinner but hate the sin” religious mumbo-jumbo being taught and proclaimed by those who “think” they have a monopoly on “Christian Truth”.

These hypocrates and and religious bigots need a taste of their own medicine. Just too bad so many of them will NEVER realize the real Truth until they sit in judgement in the afterlife.

May you BURN with the pain of that truth forever.

DN
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

Every time a Muslim looks cockeyed at someone, Americans *demand* that the moderate Muslims denounce the radicals. Well where are the moderate Christians denouncing bullying someone to the point he kills himself?

BlackDog
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

Things like this are the reason I don’t consider myself a Christian. I’ve attempted repeatedly to explain this to a couple of the few Fundies or Pentecostals that I know. They just DON’T get it. Honestly, I think the abstract concepts of salvation and sin are more important to some of these people than the very reality they live in.

*I* was bullied in Middle school, mostly because I was smarter than average but had a learning disability in Math but also because my best friend was a bisexual girl. (BtW this was late 80’s/early 90’s in a small redneck town that was 99% white) and you know what made it go away? I fought back, that’s what.

But not every kid is big enough, or strong enough, orhas a tough-minded mentality to do that.

You know what 80% of the staff did about it? Nothing, and they actively obstructed the 20% that tried to do the right thing.

I’d have been grateful if they’d of even attempted to have rules against bullying. I graduated from High School before the sexual harrassment policy went into effect, even.

Someone needs to put a stop to this crap and it’s not only the kids but a lot of the administrators and teachers who need to grow up.

AJD
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

“I can understand how someone might not want a program that “promotes homosexuality.””

I can’t because nobody is promoting such a program. The phrase “promotion of homosexuality” is little more than an Orwellian wordplay designed to scare people.

“But I cannot for the life of me understand their priorities. Is it really all that important to them that no one at Asher Brown’s school tell him that he’s okay and stop other students from tormenting him?”

Yes, it is that important. The last thing these religious right people want is for kids like Asher to grow up thinking there’s nothing wrong with being gay and to become healthy, well-rounded gay adults.

They can’t come right out and promote bullying, so they do it in a passive way by simply looking the other way when it happens. I think they have this attitude that if you’re bullied for being gay, it might somehow persuade you to not be gay anymore.

AJD
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

As far as FOTF and others are concerned, this poor kid is just an acceptable casualty in their good, godly fight against the sin of homosexuality.

As for their notion of “love,” I think the religious right really means it when they say they love us. The problem is that they don’t know what love is. What they call “love” is what most people would call arrogant contempt; it’s similar to the emotional state of a guy who habitually beats his wife and then thinks he’s making it all better when he brings her flowers the next day.

Bruce Garrett
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

…I cannot fathom how you could possibly decide that it’s better for small gay children to die than support them.

The choice they’re making isn’t between letting a child die and supporting them, it’s between letting a child die and letting go of their prejudices, their ignorance, and their comfortable conceits about homosexuality verses heterosexuality. They’re choosing their cocoon over those kids lives. Because they don’t know how to live outside of that cocoon, they’re afraid of living outside of that cocoon. It’s the only life they know how to live, verses the well being of kids who aren’t their own and about whom they could not care less in any case.

It’s actually a fairly easy choice for them to make. And as long as they stay inside the cocoon, they don’t have to feel any responsibility, any guilt.

Wesley
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

After reading this article, I feel it is very important that I speak out, as a Christian, against any and all actions not fitting Jesus’ model of radical love. FonF, like so many others, often bases their actions on fear and control. This is also not Jesus’ example. This boy should not have died. This kind of bigotry is part of my main frustration. I’m always encouraged by Jesus’ anti-establishment (which was also fear and control-based) language. He says we should be like weeds and yeast growing from small acts of faith. The best part is that he references controversial examples like mustard seed and yeast (both breaking traditional law). The “American” church is masked by something false. I try to make it clear that I’m a follower of Christ not a member of some ridiculous political movement. And I’m not the only one, for sure.
I pray for more Christians to be leading the movement for anti-bullying projects in school. You know, like Jesus.

RWG
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

The Fundy Plan is working. They want us all dead, I’m sure there are more than a few who are satisfied that this child’s death is ‘a good start’. Many more will simply shrug and move on to more important topics, like how to get ‘subversive books’out of the library.

tobyk
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

Gay beating in same school district less than a year ago. Same school spokesmodel giving the same tired response:

http://www.click2houston.com/video/21801302/index.html

cowboy
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

Wesley typed:

I pray for more Christians to be leading the movement for anti-bullying projects in school. You know, like Jesus.

I certainly would say amen to your prayer but I’m not waiting for the Christian movement to give us any help in diminishing the stigma they foist upon all gays. They’ll stay in their “cocoons” for a long time still.

We need to change the perceptions in the general public. Parades are great in showing some pride but we need to garner help from people who can influence public perceptions and provide contra anti-gay propaganda that has been recycling for eons. How the next generations of school-kids perceive gays is our biggest hope for the future 13-year olds.

MTV? HBO? Will & Grace has helped, perhaps?

Bernie
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

May the blood of these children fall on Dobson, Perkins, Fischer, and their ilk.

May Christ take these children into His arms, and bring them into the light of the Father.

God Bless, and Peace

darkmoonman
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

And folks wonder why so many of us dislike the Abrahamic faiths. They’re just a bunch of bullies killing us in the name of their “loving” god. And those who do nothing to publicly oppose their violence are no better than the ones doing us direct violence.

Grandmère Mimi
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

From Derek: “There are Christians who are speaking out.”

Yes. We’re not all cut from the same cloth. Please don’t judge is all by the example of the hate-mongers. Some of us take very seriously Jesus’ command to love our neighbors as ourselves and the prophet Micah’s words to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly before our God.

And we take responsibility for calling to account those who allow such lax policies on bullying and abuse to continue and those who contribute to the toxic environment of the society in which we live that cause so many young people to take their lives.

Kristie
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

as a mother of two teenagers this just breaks my heart. This poor kid was dealing with so much crap and, life at the age of 13 is hard enough on a kid without the added pressure of dealing with coming out and being bullied to the mix. Sadly, a lot of kids that age have a pack mentality. They see anyone different as the weak link and they tun on them. Of course if their parents were raising them to be decent people they wouldn’t feel the need to empower themselves by making other people feel like crap. Little bastards!

As a parent though, I have to say that having a gun in the house that is unsecured especially when you have a child that is dealing with an issue like this or any kind of depression is just not a good idea. I know that no one wants to consider that their child might do harm to themselves, and if he wanted to kill himself he would have done it some other way, but leaving the gun where he had easy access to it was just not wise at all. I feel so sorry for these people and their son. The entire situation could have been avoided if the school had done it’s job and not tolerated this kind of abuse.

customartist
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

This is the third such death-by-Bullying case in about two weeks:

Asher Brown, Cypress, TX
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7220896.html

Billy Lucas, Greensburg, IN, http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/local/east_central/teen-suicide-victim-hangs-himself-from-barn-rafters

and another 13 y.o. boy(unnamed at the time) in Tehachapi, Ca
http://www.kget.com/mostpopular/story/Bullied-for-being-gay-13-year-old-hangs-himself/w1Xo2oK_VkqGyNYb5wM9Pg.cspx.

If I started an org to fight against this would you contribute?

Johnson
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

Students at that school need to hunt down those bullies responsible for this and hold they and their parents LEGALLY and FINANCIALLY responsible for the death of this child.

Jon
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

Before anyone starts a new group, consider looking at how you can support the work of existing groups in this area with your time, money, and effort.

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network: http://www.glsen.org

The Trevor Project: http://www.thetrevorproject.com

PFLAG: http://www.pflag.org

The Hetrick-Martin Institute: http://www.hmi.org

National Youth Advocacy Coalition: http://www.nyacyouth.org

And any number of local groups that are active all around the U.S.

Jon
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

And another: http://www.wegiveadamn.org

Seraphiel
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

This will keep happening until some school officials (like Kelli Durham for example) start going to prison for neglecting their duties to protect all the children in their care.

Grant
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

Another awful example of hatred’s cost. But thank you Jim and BTB for continuing the focus on this issue. Your efforts combined with those of the Trevor Project (and others) and Dan Savage’s new YouTube “It Gets Better” project may help to bring needed attention to this terrible problem.

We need this to go national ASAP. Someone like Anderson Cooper and Rachel Maddow to devote a segment on national television (and even more) – get this out there, both to shame the parents and administrators who enable the bullying, and inform an otherwise disinterested public. I think every decent person in this country would be shocked.

TampaZeke
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

So where are all of those kids that we keep hearing about that are gay supportive or don’t care about people being gay? You know, the ones that are supposed to give us hope for the future?

I’m pretty sure we’ve been sold a bill of goods.

I’m not feeling so hopeful about the future. As far as anti-gay bullying in schools goes, it’s pretty clear that things are worse now than they were when I was in school, decades ago.

Regan DuCasse
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

I am crying now. Right this minute. These are angry, helpless and grief stricken tears. Look at this beautiful boy. A straight A student, an innocent kid.
Someone, who had the potential to be the pride of his family, school and community. I can’t read these stories anymore and not want to put my fist through a wall.
On other sites, my anger, my passion, intensity and their expression are quite evident.
And sometimes I’m cited for it. Told to dial back some, I’m overwhelming people with it.

In the face of something like this, why SHOULD I?!

I have been to incident scenes of victims shot in the head. I don’t have to imagine the damage to this boy’s small body from whatever caliber bullet.
I’d want all those little savages to SEE what they did!
I want his educators to get their heads out of their asses and see it too!

Does it have to take such graphic confrontation for them to get their act together?
Anti gay epithet is one of the most dangerous, destructive and common bullying tactics, EVER.
And because children who might be gay don’t have refuge at home either, it is gay kids most at risk as you all know.

Oh my GOD!!
I want to wring the necks of the adults in his school who failed him. And the parents of the children who make sport of tormenting this child in this way.
These are ALL our sons and daughters. These children are tacitly allowed to do to each other, which wouldn’t be accepted in the adult world.
What if a teacher had been knocked down the stairs?
Or the principle assaulted with simulated sex?
What if any of the adults had been shoved into a wall and called faggot?
THEY wouldn’t put up with it, or allow it for two seconds.

But when kids do it to each other, it’s ‘what kids do’ or a ‘rite of passage to toughen them up’ and when a child doesn’t survive that rite, it’s ‘oh well, he wasn’t tough enough, his parents should have taught him how to fight.’

Yeah right.
Resolve violence with violence. That’s teaching them!

I hate crying over shit like this. I hate grieving for children who had something to offer and deserved to know their full potential.
His face is going to haunt me for weeks. They all do.

I absolutely will NOT apologize for being intense, and showing and sharing my feelings.
This boy needed a champion.

I LOVED that father that threatened all the young bullies that had been bullying his 12 year old daughter who has CP.
Imagine, children being cruel to another child with a disability.

Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and all manner of highly visibly fuss pots that think THEY are losing something by railing against people who rightfully deserve the same.
There are parents who teach their children to blame gay people and believe them threatening.
Then who do they pick on? The most NON THREATENING person.
Even if a Christian has something to say about school bullying, the message is being compassionate and understanding about who you think is the weakest among you.
When you are cruel to those you think are the weakest, it’s saying something about you being like a primal savage, rather than an enlightened person of higher morals.

I need comforting too. Because these beautiful children SHOULD haunt those who stood by and did nothing. Let cruelty prevail in their youngest.

Can’t wait for someday. It might never come.

R
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

I think it may be more accurate to say that fundies see childhood bulling as a zero sum game. It’s either the gay kids or their kids, that’s why they fight anti-bullying laws. They assume that if gay kids are protected, their children will be bullied. Nevermind that anti-bullying laws have their goal as no child is bullied, but reality does not often register with that group.

I was super lucky to go to pretty liberal Catholic schools where calling other kids “gay” got students punished and there was just silence on the whole issue of whether homosexuality was okay or not. They only cared about making it clear that you can’t pick on others about it.

If my alma mater could toe that lie during the 90s when AIDS was always on the news, I don’t know why everyone assumes other schools can’t.

Mike Camardelle
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

I just saw the video “It Gets Better” from stop8.org from San Francisco. I wonder had Asher seen this, would he have chosen to live instead of take his own life.

I’m still in tears.

I wonder how many other kids are out there right now facing the bullying in school or ostracizing from friends, family, and churches … and they just don’t know that there is help and support out here.

I’m so saddened that these families teach such hatred that their children would do such a thing, and that these teachers and administrators didn’t take action to stop the hurt inflicted on Asher.

My God, what are we doing that a 13 y/o kid would commit suicide?

Nelson Smith
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

If you have read my past posts re gay youth suicide you saw that I’ve given several examples of the homophobic hate directed towards me and my kids; Such as: “If it were legal I would stone you and all your gay kids to death” or “It is better for a gay youth to commit suicide rather then grow up and contaminate society” etc.
Following is a post [first one] I wrote about the suicide of Billy Lucas and comments regarding it by the same person.
I wrote other private posts to this person trying to reason with her but she remained unchanged.

[Nelson,s Comment] The blood of Billy and all those gay youth who committ suicide or are killed because of their sexual orientation will be on the hands of all those whose beliefs bully, ostracise, demean and deny these youth from having a normal, care-free, happy childhood.

I know I am waisting my breath on most right wing Christians because they will absolve themselves of any guilt. Their conscience has been brainwashed by Bible hate

A kid does not choose to be gay and then kill themself because they are.

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[In response to my comment] Their perverted satanic blood will be on their own hands.It was their choice to worship the Rectum instead of God,and it was their choice to commit the sin of suicide.No body bullied the little sissy boy,please,what is wrong with you.Be a man,and Obey God,and Hush Up.Real Men love Jesus Christ,they don’t fornicate in the bushes of america,& then cry out for special rights.

Homosexuality is destroying america,this latest news story is ample proof of that.

Tea Party 2010 & 2012 !
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[What this same person wrote to others] I never said that I would ever execute anyone,but my church,family,and myself prays everyday that one day in the near future we will vote in God fearing americans that will reverse all progress the gays have made,& make it illegal to be gay,and through all the proper legal channels,arrest all gays,& God willing sentence them to the death penalty.Praise God.
America’s future is with God,deal with it.

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They did nothing wrong.It is the boy that was evil.He is burning in hell now,for chosing the Rectum and the Penis over the Eternal Saving Light of the Lord His God.God shall not be mocked.This is another reason why we must protect the youth of america from perverted lifestyles.We must start first by praying away the gay,and when we take back the whitehouse and congress,then we can take more serious actions,Praise God.

Have a nice day.

Sarah Palin 2012 !

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… .We must & shall Reclaim America For Christ,& then we can arrest all the gays & atheists,& anyone else who tries to divide the Body of Christ.
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Excuse me,sinner,but you say different agenda than me,no,you mean satanic agenda.Homonsexuality is satanic,and no homosexual will ever live in my house.If my children grow up and chose the Rectum over God,then they will be out on the street in the blink of an eye,and they will never see a penny either,they will be cut out of the will.My children already know this.They are being raised up for the Lord properly,so that want ever be a problem anyway,Praise God.
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You will burn in the eternal and everlasting fires of hell,for calling a daughter of the one true and living God a psychopath.

Steve in MI
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

Great thanks for this powerful post.

Here in Michigan, we are fighting an uphill battle to protect our children from bullying. It turns out that one of the assistant AG’s in our State Attorney General’s office moonlights as an Internet-based gay harassment agent.

From the ABC affiliate in Detroit: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/local_news/investigations/asst.-attorney-general-engaging-in-cyber-bullying,-targeting-an-openly-gay-college-student

Jimmy
September 28th, 2010 | LINK

Steve in Mi: It is unbelievable that a public official, and an assistant AG is certainly a public official, can be allowed to conduct himself in such a way against a law abiding citizen of the state. Clearly this sad little man is unbalanced and cannot be seen as fit to adequately serve the people of Michigan. I think he deserves someone to start a blog about him, pouring through the minutiae of his sad little life, exposing whatever peccadilloes he might wish to keep hidden.

He comes across like a spurned lover.

customartist
September 29th, 2010 | LINK

Jon,

Sincere question:

Without criticizing, are we satisfied with the rezults and the rate of progress that those orgs are making?

Kindly, I am not.

While everyone is genuinely appreciative of all advocacy on the subject, including me; more is needed.

This may be more volume of the same strategies, however, it may very well be a need for wider variety of strategies, and clarity of message.

CAN we do more?

Can anyone add anything to the mix of tools and processes, or shall we rest on the status of current methodologies? I believe that any insight offered by all individual(s) and all entities must be entertained.

We who are left to observe the perpetual deaths of children obviously have durability.

Let us not squelch initiative. We must spark renewed momentum somehow.

customartist
September 29th, 2010 | LINK

The subject of “Gay Bullying” is on CNN with Kyra Phillips right now right now.

customartist
September 29th, 2010 | LINK

The subject of “Gay Bullying”
will be on AC 360 tonight.

Calling and Emailing does work.

Now we should all Thank Kyra Phillips AND Anderson Cooper for their reporting on this issue.

http://www.cnn.com/feedback/fo

http://www.cnn.com/feedback/fo

customartist
September 29th, 2010 | LINK

Sorry, here’s the completed links:

Anderson Cooper
http://www.cnn.com/feedback/forms/form4.html?5

Kyra Phyllips
http://www.cnn.com/feedback/forms/form4.html?16

Amicus
September 29th, 2010 | LINK

It’s a fine line, but until someone starts throwing administrators in jail, then it’s going to be hard to send a message.

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