3rd Teen Dead after Bullying Suicide

29 Sep

Less than ten days ago, 13 year-old Seth Walsh of Technapi, CA was found unconscious and not breathing after attempting to hang himself from a tree branch. The young boy had just transferred into independent study after two weeks back at school. Friends and neighbors knew he was openly gay and how terribly he was bullied but never knew how much it affected him.

For the past week, Seth was in a coma. Last night he passed away, giving his family the gift of not having to make the decision to remove him from life support.

Just like every other story we’ve heard in the past week about these teen suicides, the administration of the school takes the issue of bullying “very seriously.” Perhaps not seriously enough. How many more children have to die before we stop “taking it seriously” and start doing something about it?

Please use these stories as an inspiration to speak out. That’s why we’re here – if we can’t speak up for these kids, who will?

5 Responses to “3rd Teen Dead after Bullying Suicide”

  1. Catherine Harris June 22, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    My best friend Lewis Green passed away October 19th 2010 after being a victim of homophobic abuse most of his life he developed an eating disorder and ended up commiting suicide by taking an overdose that ended in him being in a coma for 2 weeks before sadly passing! More awareness needs to be raised about the victims and the family and close friends who’re left behind due to suicides from homophobia!

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  2. Suicide: Risk Factors and Protective Factors (Part 1) | Avital Cohen, MSW - October 4, 2010

    […] Chase took his own life by hanging himself in his dorm room. Raymond, and countless others such as Seth Walsh, Asher Brown, and Billy Lucas chose to despair over getting help. They were being bullied for being […]

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