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Parents Meet To Prevent Teen Suicide, Inspired By 13-Year-Old's Tragic Death

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We're so please they are trying to make something good from this!

Since the untimely death of 13-year-old Seth Walsh, parents of some of his friends are coming together to take action on bullying and antigay taunts hoping that it may save someone's life.

The parents in Tehachapi, California urged the school district to crack down on preventing harassment. They even discussed creating an online forum to combat bullying and providing a confidential hotline to anonymously report bullying.

"All I know is that the tragedy happened," said Jamie Phillips, one of the fathers at the meeting. "I don't know who did it, and I hope who did it understands what they did."

Seth's grandmother, Judy, added:

"He was a very unique and wonderful child and he left us too soon. But we are blessed because he was an organ donor and we found out he gave a heart. So he lives on, just not with us, and that's where we wish he were."

So sad.

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20 comments to “Parents Meet To Prevent Teen Suicide, Inspired By 13-Year-Old's Tragic Death”



  1. 1

    By publicizing and essentially glamorizing these suicides by young children you are encouraging copycat behavior. 13-year-olds are incapable of fully understanding the permanent effects of their behavior, including suicidal behavior. This makes them especially susceptable to the power of suggestion, which is exactly what your posts embody. Wake up. Your lack of insight is astonishing and frightening.



  2. 2

    KNOWING THAT HE WAS EXACTLY YOUR TYPE YOU'RE PROBABLY SORRY YOU DIDN'T GET TO HIM FIRST. STOP BEING SO HYPOCRYTICAL.



  3. 3

    These things are very sad. Bullying of all kinds should not be tolerated. Strangely being gay is easily picked on these days, and in today's political climate I am afraid that it has become fair game for some people. I think a couple years ago this was not the case. Tolerance should be taught in all schools.



  4. 4

    When posting these tragic suicides, please give examples of where to reach out for these young teens struggling with their sexuality, bullying or for anything else. Perhaps include agencies found in phone books across the country, guidance counsellor, parents or a friend's parent whom they trust. I sincerely hope that schools will provide a forum to open up lines of communication. Any teens reading these posts, please know that suicide is not the answer and no matter what you're going through, it does get better.



  5. 5

    This sort of thing can be self-perpetuating and publicity can be very counterproductive. Young, vulnerable people may see this and think it may be a way out…please stop this.



  6. 6

    Re: LetttyB – OMG you are a stupid fucking moron. If you have so much hate for Perez then WHY are you on his site??????? He is doing a good thing here and bringing awareness to a serious problem so FUCK YOU



  7. 7

    This is truly devastating. It is beautiful that his heart is beating still and giving life to someone else.

    Something truly must be done. Take a stand and prevent the cruelty that leads to hopelessness! Love trumps hate!



  8. 8

    You're no different from the bullies that made him take his life, Perez. You do the same thing they do.



  9. 9

    It is our duty as parents, friends, aunts and cousins to make sure that everyone is treated with respect, love and compassion… regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race or religion. Let’s make a change… for my daughter and yours.



  10. 10

    Re: cbfangirl123
    I think you have a point and I've seen a lot here about how someone can help - I mean I want to know



  11. 11

    Re: WWDDD?
    So are you saying that if it's not covered the problem will go away ? I don't think this has been glamorized .It's so sad but I think it needs to be addressed . I think we all agree it needs to be dealt with .



  12. 12

    Re: sonicdahedgehog – That's an excellent point. There is no cyberbully worse than Perez.



  13. 13

    Re: alrightalright – Of course it needs to be addressed, but this is hardly the forum. Perez posts these stories up on his hot-pink board right between stories about Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, which makes kids think that these poor young suicide victims are celebrities. These suicides are "glamorized" by the mere fact that they appear on this site. That makes suicide all the more attractive to a kid already on the brink. Not to mention that Perez is exploiting these kids and their tragic stories to further his own political agenda.



  14. 14

    when will somebody introduce legislation to CRIMINALIZE bullying?!?!?!?!!?



  15. 15

    It's a very tragic incident. I have family in Tehachapi where Seth lives. My family knows his family. Tehachapi is like a second home for me. It's so tragic this happened there and I hope it's a wake up call for the town. This shouldn't happen to anybody, but it really hits home that it's somewhere so dear to my heart. Thanks Perez for posting about this.



  16. 16

    You need to decided whether you are a gossip website or a political activist website. If you keep posting these articles about teen suicide, at least be responsible and list numbers and websites where like minded teens can seek help. It is well known that by publicizing suicides, it will attract copy cats.



  17. 17

    WHY DO YOU HAVE A "GET THE LOOK" ICON NEXT TO THIS PHOTO?



  18. 18

    Perez, you dumb-fuck.. You have a "Get The Look!" Advertisement right next to this poor kid's face.. maybe if your marketing demonstrated the same "compassion" you talk about, I'd believe it.

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    19

    Just read an article that claims there are more pertinent facts to this sad case.



  20. 20

    im handicapped and got bullied all my life did i go out and kill myself? no! bullying happens in school, im not justifying what the bullies did as it is hard but you dont have to go out and kill yourself over it,