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11 Year-Old Massachusetts Boy Hangs Self Over Anti-Gay Bullying

And yet the Christianists will pull their children out of school rather than allow them to participate in any anti-bullying protest. Via GLSEN:
An 11-year-old Massachusetts boy, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, hung himself Monday after enduring bullying at school, including daily taunts of being gay, despite his mother's weekly pleas to the school to address the problem. This is at least the fourth suicide of a middle-school aged child linked to bullying this year. Carl, a junior at New Leadership Charter School in Springfield who did not identify as gay, would have turned 12 on April 17, the same day hundreds of thousands of students will participate in the 13th annual National Day of Silence by taking some form of a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) bullying and harassment at school. The other three known cases of suicide among middle-school students took place in Chatham, Evanston and Chicago, Ill., in the month of February.
The National Day Of Silence is April 17th. While little Carl's tragic end happened in their own backyard, anti-gay hate group MassResistance is leading the wingnut movement to yank their kids out of school that day, rather than witness any peaceful observation that bullying gay students is morally wrong.

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