Meet Roy A. Jones. A 17 month old toddler who was beaten to death on August 2, 2010 by his mother's boyfriend for "acting too girly".
Pedro Jones of Southampton (not the boy's biological father), was arrested on charges of first degree manslaughter in Southampton Town Justice Court in connection with the toddler’s death. The boy was killed, according to police, by Pedro Jones “striking him several times throughout his body with his closed fists and grabbing him by the neck.”
According to Pedro Jones in a police interview, he was “trying to make him act like a boy instead of a little girl.”
Pedro Jones further stated in the document that the incident was an accident, and that, “I never struck that kid that hard before.”
See this link for further details.
Meet Carl Joseph Walker. Carl was 11 years old when he hung himself by an extension cord in the second floor of his family's home on April 9th, 2009, after being tormented by school bullies who repeatedly called him "gay".
His mother, who had just returned from a church service for her son, said Carl was a Boy Scout who played football and basketball. Walker found her son’s body when she went upstairs to check on him on Monday.
Said his mother: "I just want to help some other child. I know there are other kids being picked on, and it's day in and day out,"
See http://www.thebostonchannel.com/r/19137836/detail.html for more details.
Meet Eric Mohat, age 17. Eric, a "quiet but likable boy, who was involved in theater and music" was called "gay," "fag," "queer" and "homo" and often in front of his teachers, who did nothing. Then one bully in school said publicly in class, "Why don't you go home and shoot yourself, no one will miss you".
On March 29, 2007, he took a legally registered gun from his father's bureau drawer, locked himself in his room and shot himself in the head.
The bullying "accumulated over time," Ken Myers, the family's attorney, told ABCNews.com. "In math class, two or three picked on him constantly and mercilessly. Most of it was verbal, but they did some things like sitting behind him and flicking him in the ear, sticking stuff in his hoodie and putting eraser shavings on his head. Out of class they would shove him in lockers."See http://abcnews.go.com/Health/MindMoodNews/story?id=7228335&page=1 for more details.
Meet Jaheem Herrera, an 11 year old 5th grader at Dunaire Elementary School in DeKalb County, Georgia. On April 16th 2009, Jaheen hung himself with a belt in his closet.
From the story: "He came home much happier than when he left in the morning, smiling as he handed his mother, Masika Bermudez, a glowing report card full of A's and B's."
"He used to say Mom they keep telling me this ... this gay word, this gay, gay, gay. I'm tired of hearing it, they're telling me the same thing over and over," she told CNN, as she wiped away tears from her face.
"He was a nice little boy," Bermudez said through her tears. "He loved to dance. He loved to have fun. He loved to make friends. And all he made [at school] were enemies."
See the sad story here: http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/04/23/bullying.suicide/
Meet Ronnie Parris. Ronnie was 3 years old when he died on January 28 2005, of severe brain injuries inflicted by his father, Ronnie Parris Jr.
Apparently his father, concerned that Ronnie "might become gay", slap boxed with his son to "toughen him up, so he wouldn't become a sissy".
The toddler's mother, Nysheerah Paris, testified that her husband thought the boy might be gay, and would force him into a box.
In 2002, the Florida Department of Children & Families placed little Ronnie in protective custody after he had been admitted to the hospital several times for vomiting.
He was returned to his parents Dec. 14, five days after his third birthday. He had been with them six weeks when he died.
See http://tallonzektimes.org/bb/index.php?topic=5479.0;wap2 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronnie_Paris for the details.
These are hardly the only victims. Search for yourself if you dare.
You hater organizations out there (AFA, FRC, NOM, CWA, ADF, FOtF, and so many others) - you talk so much about looking out "for the children", and "protecting the children" as you push your hate and bigotry.
What about these children?
This is the price of hate.
These stories should not be forgotten, nor should they be allowed to repeat themselves. Remember them.