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29 September 2010

The Rising Cost – Part 1

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Justin Aaberg was only 15 years old. He had come out to his mother when he was 13, and while on the outside he seemed to have a great life going, on the inside he was a tormented storm. LGBT students at the Anoka-Hennepin School that Justin attended were, like is so frequently the case, easy targets as other students, and even teachers turned a blind eye. It finally got to a point where he just couldn’t handle it any more and feeling he had no where to turn to for help, he hanged himself in his room. Justin was the sixth student from the school to take his own life in the last 2 years and most are believed to have been the result of homophobic bulling.

More on Justin at WCCO including a video.

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Billy Lucas was also 15, a student at Greensburg High School in Indiana. His classmates said he had trouble fitting in and he often became the target of bulling because he was “different.” After a group of students had called him a fag and told him he should kill himself, he did just that. He had gone home and hanged himself in his parents barn.

More on Billy Lucas at Fox 59.

There is also a Facebook memorial page for Billy.

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13 year old Seth Welsh of Tehachapi California was openly gay. He to was often the victim of bulling by fellow classmates at Jacobsen Middle School. Taunting and ridicule that had apparently gone unchecked for some time. On September 19th Seth’s parents came home to find him unconscious in the backyard after he had attempted to hang himself from a tree. After nine days his parents took him off of life support.

There is more on Seth at KGET17.

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Asher Brown was a 13 year old 8th grader at Hamilton Middle School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District when he shot himself in the head a day after students had tripped him down a flight of stairs. Asher’s stepfather found him at home when he came home from work. Asher had came out to his stepfather that morning. Asher’s parents had complained repeatedly to the school about the bulling over the last 18 months. School officials deny that any such complaints were ever made.

More about Asher can be found here.

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Bulling isn’t limited to high school students as we learned when 18 year old Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi posted this on his Facebook page.

Jumping off the gw bridge sorry

His car, wallet, and other belongings were found at the George Washington bridge. His body has not been found. Tyler’s roommate Dharun Ravi used his webcam to stream to the internet Tyler making out with another guy acording to the story from ABC.

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