The first was TJ. Then came Samantha, Aaron, Nick, and Kevin. Over the past two years, a total of nine teenagers have committed suicide in a Minnesota school district represented by Rep. Michele Bachmann—the latest in May—and many more students have attempted to take their lives. State public health officials have labeled the area a "suicide contagion area" because of the unusually high death rate.
|Tyler Clementi, 2010|
Two students, Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei, have been charged with two counts each of invasion of privacy after allegedly placing a camera in Clementi's room and livestreaming the recording online on Sept. 19, according to a written statement by New Jersey's Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan.
|Zach Harrington - 2010|
Harrington’s family said that the 6’4" 19-year-old had been bullied in high school. "He feared for his safety on many occasions... and [so did] other people like him," the teen’s father, Van Harrington, said. "Even though he was 6-4, he was passive and I’m sure being gay in that environment didn’t help."
|Seth Walsh, 2010|
|Asher Brown, 2010|
There is no good news in this story. None. It’s sad, and it’s endemic of the nightmares today’s LGBT youth continue to face every. single. day. Asher Brown, a 13-year-old eighth grader at Hamilton Middle School outside Houston, shot himself in the head last week after being “bullied to death.”
Asher was tormented for being small. For his religious beliefs. For the way he dressed. And for being gay. His bullies acted out mock gay sex acts in phys ed class.
|Billy Lucas, 2010|
His friend James Kriete was told by Billy’s sister “He had a chair pulled out from underneath him and told to go hang himself.” Kriete was the only friend allowed to see Billy alongside the family at the funeral home. Kriete says, “I've been bullied and that could have been me. That's all I keep thinking about, that could have been me.”
|Patrick Halligan, 2003|
The suicide of Phoebe Prince, on January 14, 2010, led to the criminal prosecution of six teenagers for charges including statutory rape and civil rights violations, as well as to the enactment of stricter anti-bullying legislation by the Massachusetts state legislature.
|Phoebe Prince, 2010|
Prince had moved from Ireland to South Hadley, Massachusetts. Her suicide, after suffering months of bullying from school classmates, brought international attention to the problem of bullying in US schools. In March 2010, a state anti-bullying task force was set up as a result of her death. The Massachusetts legislation was signed into law on May 3, 2010.
|Megan Taylor Meier-2006|
|TJ Hayes, 2010|
Thomas Hayes, 20, of Murphysboro, died Monday, Dec. 13, 2010 in Murphysboro.
Thomas was born April 11, 1990, a son to D. Patrick and Gay (Burns) Hayes. Thomas was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of Carbondale. Thomas was a good friend to all who knew him. He genuinely cared about people. Thomas had a great sense of humor and loved to make his friends and family laugh. He has a passion for reading and learning. Thomas will be deeply missed. We know he is in the arms of his savior.
|Elijah Mendez, 2010|
The situation got so bad that the seventh-grader hanged himself in his family's home on March 25, 2010, her lawyer said.
|Lawrence King, 2008|
Lawrence King was shot in the classroom at E.O. Greene Junior High School (Ventura County, CA) by Brandon McInerney in front of several classmates in February 2008. McInerney's attorneys are arguing that King sexually harassed McInerney. Ventura County Deputy District Attorney Maeve Fox has argued that McInerney was motivated to kill King because of a white supremacist background. McInerney is being tried as an adult. He faces 53 years to life if convicted.
|Marcellus Andrews, 2011|
The young man had made a video for the "It Gets Better" project last spring, but on Sept. 19, 2011 his parents found Jamey’s body.
That was Hubley's last post before the 15-year-old committed suicide on Oct 14. He was the son of Ottawa Councillor Allan Hubley of Kanata South.
On his blog, Hubley wrote, "I'm not really anything special, just depressed, I wish I could be happy, I try, I try, I try...I just want to feel special to someone. Im gay?!"
Friends say the young man took his own life because he couldn't take any more bullying. And they say school officials knew about the torment but didn't do enough to stop it.
Friends say that kids bullied Jacob Rogers at Cheatham County Central High School for the past four years, but in the past few months it had become so bad he dropped out of school.
And Wednesday, he ended his life...and Wednesday I add his picture and name to this list in memory.
Sadly we say goodbye to another young person who thought the only way to end the pain was to take his own life. And once again, I have to add another picture, another name to the page of those who have preceded him.
EricJames, a young filmmaker, intern at The Trevor Project, and a Supplemental instructor at the College of the Sequoias took his own life January 11th after trying to be on his own, dealing with personal issues.
Teenage suicide in the United States remains comparatively high in the 15 to 24 age group with 4,000 suicides in this age range in 2004, making it the third leading cause of death for those aged 15 to 24. By comparison, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death for all those age 10 and over, with 33,289 suicides for all US citizens in 2006.
I can't possibly list all of the teens that have ended their lives due to bullying. This is just a few of those recently in the news and who have had a positive impact on the awareness of gay or bullying related suicides amongst teens.