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Not Just A Gay Issue! Another Bullied Teen Commits Suicide

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All the more reason that this needs EVERYONE'S attention. This is not just a gay issue.

A Pennsylvania teenager killed herself Saturday night, and now her parents are speaking about about the tragedy, and claim that bullying is to blame for her death.

Tiffani Maxwell was apparently bullied so badly that fellow students falsely told teachers that they saw her do drugs, which resulted in her expulsion from school last week!

Mother Sandy reveals that in the wake of this awful loss, she and husband Shane are starting an on-line campaign to raise awareness about peer pressure and bullying, which 77% of students in the country have admitted to have been victim.

Sandy explains:

"She got text messages, saying 'Tiffani you're in rehab.' 'You're on drugs.' Even if it saves one kid … just remember there are family members behind you and that tomorrow will be better."

And Shane concludes:

“Just don’t bully people. What’s the sense of it. Put yourself in their shoes.”

Such true, and undervalued, words.

NOBODY should feel as though they have no one supporting them, and it's our job to ensure that the country's youth understand that no matter how alone, or how ganged up on, that they feel, there are people who understand and want to listen.

No more unnecessary deaths! It's time to end BULLYING once and for all!

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69 comments to “Not Just A Gay Issue! Another Bullied Teen Commits Suicide”

  1. 1

    better shut this site down then.

  2. 2

    this isn't anything new. people get bullied. people have always been bullied, and people will always be bullied. this happens. it isn't JUST the LGBT community, it's an issue that occurs with everyone.

  3. 3

    No it is NOT just a 'Gay Issue,' but Perez sweetie, this is the FIRST TIME you're acknowledging that–maybe because you realizing that we're getting sick of your solely gay angled agenda–which makes you come off as even MORE fake. So why not just go back to GOSSIP, it's what you're good at.

  4. 4

    R.I.P. Tiffani…so sad

  5. 5

    This is so disgusting. Why can't people just be nice? It's only fair the teenagers that started and fueled this rumor have to live with this on their conscience for the rest of their life.

  6. B2R says – reply to this


    You may mean well, but if kids are really bullied it doesn't matter if grownups are behind them. What they need is a program where there are a group of fellow teens who can help out. Kind of like mentoring, but helping them through the bullying and hanging out with them at school. I don't think some kid won't commit suicide because he/she knows Perez is behind them.

  7. 7

    This has NEVER been just a gay issue. Media, yourself especially, made it seem that way. Open your eyes!! Stop being biased!

  8. 8

    So sad. Such a beautiful girl. I hope her attackers rot in fucking Hell.

  9. 9

    Are you also going to mention the 15 year old who killed themselves this morning in a bathroom at a high school here in Vermont?

  10. Beccx says – reply to this


    Only the strong survive.

  11. 11

    How sad..pretty girl.. someone needs to do something about these schools and little dumb bitches in them.. can't believe people are still so cruel to others get a life.. you're ruining others.. hope something gets done cause this is so ridiculous

  12. 12

    Holy shit, i guess perez does read the comments. Bullying is wrong period. It is about time you realized that. Only took you over a year.

  13. 13

    So sad. Poor little girl :(

  14. 14

    Blame the shows and music videos that promote violence and the artists that sold out for fame.

  15. 15

    Going to a school building for schooling is such bs. Most kids get uneducated by their friends as they join gangs and cliques. Everyone should just attend high school online. This is ridiculous. College and high school will be a relic of the past in 30 years anyways, there's no need to memorize every stupid date or president's name when there's the internet. You learn reading and arithmetic, then you should go and be an apprentice in the field you want. Not take a bunch of bs courses that will never support you in your chosen career.

  16. 16

    I’m sorry for their loss but part of this is the parents’ fault as well, not every child or adult who gets bullied goes and commits suicide, only the troubled ones do. And if you are a good parent and very involved in your child’s life then you would know if there was a problem and start offering solutions. Did her parents try to switch her classes, school, neighborhoods, or even offer home schooling to her?? Parents need to be more aware of what’s happening with their children and not expect problems to solve themselves.

  17. 17

    While the issue of bulling needs to be addressed because as technology improves it gets easier to be ruthless, sucides should not get publicity. It is not to lessen the plight of the victim, but because if they are publicized it increases the idea in others minds and some kids who might chose to live could chose death b/c 'others are doing it'.

  18. 18

    What is she really was doing drugs?

  19. 19


  20. 20

    I hate bullies they are such cowards.

  21. 21

    "Not just a gay issue". Were you seriously once under the impression that it was "just a gay issue"? Even then, you labeled people "gayface". Hypocrite.

  22. 22

    YOU ARE AN IDIOT MARIO! A lot of us, all along have been telling YOU and other moronic blogs, rags, sites, etc. that teens have been taking their lives for a LONG TIME AND THEY WERE NOT ALL GAY! IF you just realize this, something is WRONG WITH YOU!!!!! and you should NOT BE POSTING ANY OF THIS STUFF WITH OUT RESEARCHING AND EDUCATING YOURSELF, before YOU HURT SOMEONE WITH YOUR STUPIDITY. The same thing with CHUCK E CHEESE'S. They are not the only eating est. with VIOLENCE. But again, with your POSTINGS, you would never know that, WOULD YOU????

  23. 23

    people need to realise that bullying has been an issue with the majority of people, and it will never stop.
    bullying does not only affect homosexual teens, but people are bullied for race, religion, size, general appearance, intelligence, issues within their families, all sorts of reasons.
    and bullying doesn't only occur in the teenage community, adults bully each other too.
    i was bullied all through high school for different reasons, the main reason being that i wasn't talkative or socially confident, unlike everyone else.
    which is an incredibly stupid reason, as is all bullying.
    but it will never stop, which is why people need to stop giving up their lives due to it.

  24. 24

    well duh you asshole suicide is not just a gay issue you and the media have turn this whole issue into gay bullying bulling has been going on for years and so has suicide but you just want to post gay people bulling stories. just a few years ago a little girl name megan kill her self because she was being bullied not just by kids but by a classmate mother who made a fake myspace profile pretend to be a boy then told megan how horrible of a person she is and she killed herself. you and the media just wants to make seem like it's just gay people are the ones only being bullied because it's the in thing right but what about all the others who are bullied for being overweight or have glasses or a medical condtion where the storys perez you care about your kind and don't try to act like your a angel with wing and halo because you are not you are still a bully and you are never going to change and stop trying to act like give damn

  25. 25

    It's about God damned time you wrote about a suicide that wasn't related to being gay. But you just had to make it about gays anyway.

  26. 26

    why would the school expel a student for drugs without having proof? The school should be held responsible for the kids suicide.. sounds like she killed herself after being expelled. Hope her parents sue the shit out of them.

  27. 27

    I see a little about her and the boy Lance, who was gay. Was she doing drugs? If not, HOW COULD THEY, MEANING THE SCHOOL, suspend her on the words of OTHER STUDENTS?????? Something not right here. Even if you don't like a kid, would you gang up and say they were doing drugs? and would a School, a Public place, open themselves up to a MAJOR LAWSUIT, AND SUSPEND THE STUDENT without PROOF???? (pee, blood or hair test???? photos, SOMETHING??? if she was being bullied, you would think the school would have at least an 'inkling' and would think twice about the suspension) Like I posted here, something is missing here, and I could not find right way, ’cause somethin' stinkin in Denmark.

  28. 28

    This breaks my heart. Such a beautiful girl
    In times like these, I wish every bullied girl/boy had a perfect friend to help them along and show them that they matter.

  29. 29

    jeeze people it's not like he meant it's ONLY a gay issue, it's just most suicide deaths recently have been kids who were gay and were bullied because of it. he is pointing out that although bullying can happen to anyone, it's become even more of a issue when a girl who isnt gay commits suicide.Re: dbsx77 – and really just because bullying happens does it make ok? no it doesnt. mentoring with other students DOES NOT HELP, people just need to start speaking out and letting authorities know so these pathetic kids can stop. obviously people who bully are insecure and feel the need to have power, so just shut them down. kids need to not hold it in and should be able to feel comfortable enough to tell their parents. Re: Lilly03 – and you can not blame parents for this, how could you? they can only do so much, besides you dont know if she made it an issue towards them.

  30. 30

    Teenagers have had the highest suicide rate for decades and YOU'RE just now figuring out it's not a gay thing? Teenage depression has always been a big factor in suicide and bullying has been a big factor in depression whether it be some kid is gay, fat, introverted or just different in general.

    I can't believe you are so absorbed in your own agenda that you didn't think it happened to all kinds of people. Sheesh. What a moron.

  31. 31

    this case in particular makes me think of the way you've treated celebrities. specifically all those times youv claimed or insinuated people are on drugs or in rehab. i hope this makes you see how this kind of thing makes people feel.

  32. 32

    I highly doubt the school would expel her on hearsay. She was probably legitimately on drugs, and now her parents are in denial that that may have played a fact in her expulsion and suicide.

  33. 33

    this is a shame, but your just as big of a bully as the bullies that the victims have to deal with…and whoever just blows this off as "bullying happens, to bad" is just a big of a bully too. its a shame this shit is happening..people have always commited suicide, YES…but that doesnt mean it needs to go on..bullies are disgusting and i hope you bullies rot in hell…perez YOU ARE a bully..

  34. 34

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  35. 35

    Kids and teens are such evilings. They can just be so fucking cruel it is unreal.

  36. 36

    What a terrible thing to happen. Poor girl. I was bullied and beat up for no reason as a kid and it's the most awful thing to go through. Those fellow classmates should be charged. I don't care if this has been going on for a long time, it's unnecessary! This nonsense is part of the reason we homeschool our kids.

    Perez, many have said it before and I'll echo… you're such a hypocrite.

  37. 37

    this is SO sad!! just heartbreaking poor thing i see girls formsprings that say the nastiest stuff and wonder if they're on the verge of this too :( why can't kids just be nice??? and perez OBVIOUSLY this isn't just a gay issue god sometimes you just say the dumbest shit on here…

  38. 38

    YOU are one of the biggest offenders, Mario.

  39. 39

    Mario, I wonder how you'd feel if you knew that I've personally seen young kids being bullied, and quoting YOU, while they do it. Just saw a teenaged boy being called "Gayface" outside a high school the other day. I've also seen your "lead story of the day" being modified to suit the intended target of bullying. For example, a young blonde high school girl who was being called "Lindsanity" and "LaLoca Lohan" until she burst into tears.

    Does that make you feel good? You have the ear of the teenage population. So it's clear that some responsibility for bullying rests on YOUR shoulders. This is one of the reasons why I hate you so much. You are make great efforts to turn society into a horrible place to live. You make money doing it; and bullying has turned out to be a great career for you.

    Perhaps you should think for a moment about the damage you are causing. You'll never be able to buy back your soul, Mario. Think on that for awhile.

    As for the gay rights issue: Equality for everyone is Paramount in our society.

    However, you need to know that you will NEVER be the Martin Luthor King of gay people. I know that's what you want, but it's never going to happen. Every time you open your mouth you make things worse. That's a fact.

    If you want to stop bullying, you should start with you. Stop bullying people. Yes, this includes celebrities. Or, as a wiser man than I once said, "BE the change you want to see in the world."

  40. 40

    Wow guys…writing rude comments here? Bullying a DEAD child? New low! Kids need to be taught the SERIOUS consequences of bullying. This is just so sad, we need to give kids the support they need to be self-confident and proud of who they are! Get rid of these 55 year-old guidance counselors that have a formula for everything…they need 20 something year-old counselors they can trust and that understand! Just too sad…not another one, God, please!

  41. 41

    Expelling someone WITHOUT evidence!? WTF??
    Must be one joke of a school…

  42. 42

    Re: womenareprey – It's called a revolution. You did it before, it's time to do it again.

  43. 43

    I was really good friends with Tiffani, Bullying is horrible… look what happened.. Rest in peace

  44. 44

    The other day I watched a movie from my youth, "My Bodyguard" with Chris Makepeace, Matt Dillon, and Adam Baldwin. Dillon is the high school bully and Makepeace is his target, who refuses to give in. He enlists Baldwin to "protect" him from Dillon's relentless torment. In the end, Makepeace overcomes his fear and puts Dillon in his place. Although it's just a movie, it speaks to the way things were handled 30 years ago. Instead of copping out and offing yourself, you fought back. It was an inspiration to many of us back then, to see the bullied boy fight back. Somewhere along the way, we've lost that.

  45. 45

    Re: Samantha Prado – She was not doing drugs. & lilly03, the parents weren't at fault and you had no right to say something like that.
    r.i.p. tiffani

  46. 46

    Wow you finally admit that its not just a gay issue. Actually stuff like this makes my heart hurt. Why are people so evil?

  47. 47

    perez= bully and homosexual in one

  48. 48

    What kind of school expelles a student for allegedly doing drugs? Shouldn't they have had some proof before expelling her?
    Either that's not the whole story or this school is shitty.

  49. 49

    I know myself and other people have been victims of malicious gossip that leads to bullying in form that it can ruin your life if you don't take action. My advice to people out there is to start filing claims and issing orders to cease and desist. You'll see how fast these jerks will run from you. Unfortunately, there are individuals who are good liars who have to gift to convince weak minded people to believe in their rubbish and defamation of others.

  50. 50

    So sad. Beautiful girl.

  51. 51


  52. fiera says – reply to this


    This is more than bullying, this is purposely ruining someone's life. Lying to teachers about her drug use to get her expelled from school? WTF??? Beyond cruel, no wonder some kids flip the fuck out and go back to their schools and shoot everyone.

  53. 53

    This really breaks my heart. I wish, i really really wish from the bottom of my heart and with all that I am and all that I have that this would stop. I cannot imagine this happening to anyone close to me and ugh, this is just so sad. I get angry at the fact that the bullies feel so insecure about themselves that they take it out on other people.

  54. 54

    Re: Beccx – Ugh, what an ugly thing to say. You were clearly raised by Hitler disciples!

  55. 55

    Re: Lilly03 – Ouch…blaming the parents is really fucking harsh and well, stupid, consider yourself bullied. PLEASE PEOPLE LOOK AT FACTS!!! MENTAL ILLNESS IS THE MOST COMMON REASON FOR SUICIDE. "Mental disorders are frequently present at the time of suicide with estimates from 87%to 98%." There should be watchdogs in place for people with depression, bipolar, etc.

  56. 56


  57. 57

    Dear Perez,
    The fact that you are concerned about another teen suicide caused by bullying and gossip is good, shows you have a heart. However, the fact that you are posting this on your gossip website, concerns me. If you really are concerned about child abuse, pornography, bullied teenagers, people getting shot over a piece of cake, etc etc, then I would suggest you to create a more serious website without a headline that says "celebrity juice" for such matters. I mean yeah yeah I get it, we live in a world where public affairs and every single piece of hair on Nicole Kidmans butt is being analyzed by scientists and mathematicians and what not, but if you want to bring attention towards serious and tragic matters then please don't post it between two other gossip headlines. It just proves that no matter what, nobody in this world is willing to change and nobody actually cares about anything except for always being entertained, even if its at the cost of other peoples life stories or even lives.
    If you want to talk the talk you got to walk the walk. Surprise the world by being the change nobody is daring to do.
    With love,
    Yasi Kobra Sharif.

  58. 58

    I'am sick of the freaking bullies more needs to be done to make it stop.Young people should not be taking their lives because a bunch of pricks are messing with them they should be talking to a trusted adult and geting switched to a new school or finding solutions to get away from these types of people.I always stick up for the people that get bullied and I've had friends or people get mad at me for it but I DIDN'T CARE BEFORE STILL DON'T care now I will continue to do it because who can really stand by and see the injustice of someone getting bullied?.

  59. 59

    Re: starpower1126 – No, you, like Perez, are absolutely wrong. That is the very point the other people on this site are trying to make. The majority of teen and other suicides are NOT gays, and never have been. It's Perez's shoddy reporting that makes it seem that way. Look at the statistics and you'll find that there are probably 10, 20 maybe even 30 or more straight kids that commit suicide for every 1 gay. This has never been a gay issue at all, Perez only makes every issue into a gay issue because that's all he cares about. Bullying has been around forever, and won't stop over night. No parental or authoritative figure can be around every hour of every day to stop this, so it's the kids themselves that need to have a support system and strength of character to overcome it as most have done through the centuries. Those that commit suicide are lacking that character to overcome. Very sad.

  60. 60

    Re: Beccx – You're a souless bastard, and I hope your kids get bullied to this point one day. Bullying is very intense and painful to experience, and unless you've been on the receiving end, you have no opinion on the subject that is important to us.

  61. 61

    Re: jennycakes – Agreed. People are just cruel, they were so mean at my school. Elementary, jr high and high school. It affects you for years afterwards, depending on the degree to which one was tormented. These bullies need a taste of their own medicine!

  62. 62

    Re: samantha1 – It's good that there are people like you out there, the victims really need you!

  63. 63

    Suicide comes with depression, naturally like Q & U's. If anyone doesn't remember a few years ago there was a link to sudden suicides from an anti-depressent….Point being, im sure most of these kids. being depressed were probably all on something of the sort usually the first action a parent takes when dealing with a depressed child. JUST SAYING someone needs to check on that and see what meds all these kids were on when they commited. So sad hope this helps someone in some kind of way. RIP all you troubled fragile souls.

  64. 64

    It's NOT just a gay issue… but it is an issue that needs to be addressed. When we're losing children weekly because of bullying… When it involves the next generation not being able to express themselves… It becomes a national concern.

    The bullying MUST stop!

  65. 65

    Courtesy of the churches that talk about protecting life, while they give us a 9-11 every year in the suicides they cause of our gay children.

    the catholic church of endless hidden molestation. Whose german pope in 2009 UNexcommunciated Bishop williamson, Kicked out of the church of england for denying the holocaust

    the white soutehrn baptists who gave us slavery justified by the bible, and then the kkk and segregation.

    both churches who have poisoned our society in general, always for some mad reason needing someone to hate to sell their corrupt brand of love.

    Mass murderers.

  66. 66

    People need to stop reproducing! Kids are horrible people. They lie, they cheat, they bully, they are without repercussions for their actions. Round up all the over-priviledged pieces of shit and send them to the moon. Then they can all bully each other to death and we'll be better off without them.
    Too crazy an idea? OK then, how about TEACHING YOUR FUCKING CHILDREN SOME MANNERS??????

  67. 67

    perez you have no idea how much this post means to me and my friends. Tiffani was a very dear and close friend of ours and seeing that you wrote about it and you are helping with our message means alot to us and her family. This isnt just another bullying story she was a happy person with goals and places to go but was shut down by painful words. Some of which were said we may never know. The teasing in high hanks again schools has gotten completely out of control and noone seems to ask for help until its too late and thats unfortunately what happened with Tiffani. Thanks again Perez=]

  68. 68

    Re: Samantha Prado – With the case of Tiffani they said she was doing drugs because she had had severe surgeries on her legs and had to take her medications for the pain. Students at the school were kicking her crutches and all that. The best part was she wasnt even on the bus when the kids accused her and she got exspelled. then she recieved the texts and calls. I was her friend…

  69. 69

    WELL LET ME JUST ADD, i went to slippery rock highschool and the school is the most unclassy and unorganized business around, records get lost, staffs lie, AND THE SCHOOL NURSE…MRS TIMKO does not understand how students feel, shes ignorant and rude, plus had no right to do a sobriety or drug test on tiff… for one she was under 18 and had no parental consent and for two anytime anyone is sick or upset she tells them to go back to class or they will be fine, for example, my sister puked over 6 times in the hr and still was not allowed to call home, also she decided to use her phone to call home and she got in trouble for it..