Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Teach your children well...

As long as adults continue to pass down the fear of "the other" to their children...as long as they use words like "faggot," "dyke," and "gay" as slurs...as long as they look down on children or people who are different from them...as long as our churches teach that gays and lesbians will go to hell and should not be welcomed with open arms...as long as politicians, celebrities, and others in the public eye treat each other with disrespect and hate (Hank Williams Jr. for example)...as long as people teach their children that bullying is okay (by not cracking down when they learn of their children's bullying or demonstrating bullying themselves)...we will continue to see tragedies like Jamey Rodemeyer.

The Rodemeyer family told their heart-breaking story on Anderson Cooper this week. As Jamey's sister, Alissa (the one who found him dead) explains, just four days after his death, three of the bullies at their school jeered that they were glad he was dead.

Their parents should be ashamed and held responsible, and the bullies should be charged with his death. A civilized society cannot tolerate this kind of hate and bullying. It has got to stop, before more children take their own lives.

We will remember you, Jamey.

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