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?