Meet Billy Lucas. Billy was 15 years old and attended Greensburg High School in Indiana, when he hung himself in his family's barn Thursday, Sept 2, 2010.
From the article:
"He was a teenager who didn't quite fit in. His classmates said Billy Lucas was bullied for being different.Read the story here. A memorial facebook page can be found here.
The 15-year-old never told anyone he was gay but students at Greensburg High School thought he was and so they picked on him.
"People would call him 'fag' and stuff like that, just make fun of him because he's different basically," said student Dillen Swango"
Meet Justin Aaberg. Justin was 15 years old when he hung himself in his bedroom last July.
From the story:
"Behind that big smile and lots of friends was a shy, loyal 15-year-old boy who loved to play the cello. Justin Aaberg came out as gay when he was 13 and, as his mom found out only after he hanged himself, suffered tremendously inside.
In the weeks since she found her son dead in his room on July 9, Tammy Aaberg has heard from many of her son's friends at Anoka High School. They told her Justin Aaberg had been bullied and had recently broken up with his boyfriend.
Those same students also opened up about their own experiences, telling her they feel harassed and unsafe as gay and lesbian students.
"These kids, they just hate themselves. They literally feel like they want to die. So many kids are telling me this," said Tammy Aaberg, fighting tears."
Read the story here.
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