This devastating trend needs to end NOW!
On Friday, an openly gay 14-year-old high school student in Carthage, Tennessee named Phillip Parker committed suicide due to bullying.
Here's what the Phillip's grandfather Paul Harris had to say about him:
"A sweet kind person like Phillip took it out on himself, he killed himself to get out of the pain."
"Because he was gay, he got mistreated physically, mentally by several people out there at the school, and I am very resentful as a result of it."
More from Phillip's mother Gena Parker:
"I should have knew something was wrong, but he seemed happy."
"We are going to find out who done it, we are going to get justice for Phillip and you will pay for what you did to my son."
And more from Phillip's grandfather:
"After he did what he did, we found out a lot that we didn't know and there is a lot of bullying that goes on at the school."
"Whether it's verbal or physical a counselor at the school should be on top of it and notify the parents. We weren't notified, and Phillip didn't tell us about it."
Words cannot properly express how disturbing and upsetting this is. Our thoughts go out to Phillip's friends, family, and loved ones.
RIP Phillip Parker.
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