Something’s Broken.

25 Sep

Last week, 15 year old Billy Lucas from Indiana walked into his Grandmother’s barn and hung himself when the anti-gay bullying became too much for him to bear. Anti-bullying laws are being enacted all over the country – but not quickly enough for this young boy.

Being a freshman in high school is tough enough as it is. Add on to those usual stresses that the world around you tells you endlessly that something is wrong with you. Add on to that a belief that you will never, ever be happy because of this perceived defect. No kid should have to go through this.

While anti-bullying laws are slowly spreading throughout the country, we have to do more than this. We need to be responsible adults and create change by educating everyone we meet. We need to create the world where these children know there is nothing wrong with them, a world where there is ALWAYS a better solution. If we don’t talk about it, nothing will change.


6 Responses to “Something’s Broken.”

  1. Erika September 25, 2010 at 11:51 pm #

    I completely agree that this sort of thing needs to stop, whether you are gay or straight. However, according to the person who runs the Billy Lucas Memorial page on Facebook, he was not actually gay.

    • jamiemcgonnigal September 27, 2010 at 11:25 pm #

      The articles I read said everything from he was straight to he was closeted to he’d come out to a few friends, so I tried to phrase it slightly ambiguously. Sorry if it felt like I was outing him! Thanks for your comment!

  2. Steve Lee September 26, 2010 at 2:55 pm #

    Maybe some good can eventually come from this tragic event. Hopefully the other children from that school might now see how devastating the results can be due to their acts of hatred (or even just their inability to help stand up against the bullying they may have witnessed). Ultimately, it is our responsibility as adults to lead and set the proper example for these young and impressionable minds.


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