Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hopefully...

While Randy Phillips, a young airman who is serving in Germany, came out to his father via the telephone and broadcast a webcam recording of the event on YouTube after the repeal of DADT, Jamey Rodemeyer, a 14-year-old boy from Buffalo, New York, had committed suicide after suffering homophobic bullying at his local school.

So is it getting better? Well, I initially thought it is (and I truely hope it will) but I'm starting to take back my words after seeing the devasta- ting consequence of any form of bullying. Seriously, how many more young people must die before we realise sexuality ISN'T something to be mocked! RIP Jamey =[

2 comments:

Alex said...

It's weird, when I was growing up in the 90s you didn't hear all too much about young people committing suicide because of bullying. Kids bringing guns to school seemed to happen more often back then. Maybe it was just because homosexuality was something that wasn't talked about much in the 90s, or perhaps it was just because now anything that happens is know the world over, instantly!
I don't know, suicide just seems more common these days.
Overall, as far as gay rights, and what not, I feel like every time we take a step forward, we take three steps back. Sure we're making a lot of advancement in acceptance, but there's still a lot of ignorance out there.
And every time I hear about a young boy killing himself, I just wish I could have been there to help him. I don't know that it gets better, because life is always hard, but killing yourself because you were bullied means the bullies won. Don't kill yourself, fight to make things better. Educate people.

Ace said...

It does get better, but only when you enter adolescence. Until people leave school they will still be faced with daily abuse by narrow minded idiots.

Considering you are forced to go to school there need to be tighter controls on bullying with a zero tolerance policy - And one that actually means zero tolerence. When I went to school I was bullied but I stuck it out and it thankfully it did get better, even though my school said they had a zero tolerance policy and I could see that they weren't actually doing anything.

When will it become apparent that until greater controls are added good innocent lives will continue to be wasted.