This has got to stop.
Another gay teen who endured years of "pure hell" bullying has committed suicide.
18-year-old Jeffrey Fehr was a gifted young athlete who friends and family said was "funny, kind and compassionate."
On New Year's Day, he was found hanging in the front entrance to his family's home in Granite Bay, California.
So, why would such a gifted young man commit suicide?
Jeffrey's childhood was an unhappy one as he was the target of non-stop taunts from classmates.
His parents said:
"We will second-guess ourselves forever, but we do know that for years and years, people knocked him down for being different. It damaged him. It wore on him. He could never fully believe how wonderful he was, and how many people loved him.
He would come home from school and cry. He would say he felt alone, that he wasn't accepted for the things he liked."
On January 1, 2012, Jeffrey wrote a Facebook status that said:
"New Years is stupid."
Then, he hanged himself.
So, so tragic. Yet another young life lost due to bullying. Violence is never the answer and suicide is NEVER, EVER the answer.
[Image via Paul Kitagaki Jr. .]