Skip to main content

View Diary: We Lost Another One: Gay Oregon teen hangs himself on school playground after bullying (105 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Pretty darned good. You had a pretty darned (10+ / 0-)

    good outcome for the times, believe me. I was horribly bullied in the late 1970s, for nonspecific reasons. Teachers pretended not to notice. Parents sat back and BLAMED me (their own marriage was falling apart). Nobody thought of questioning my peers' right to be cruel.

    I've paid for it ever since, in the form of reduced social confidence, restricted life choices. I'm still playing catch-up, in my late 40s. I'll get there, I reckon. But it'll be slow. (I've been saddled with quite a handicap.)

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 04:54:12 PM PST

    [ Parent ]

    •  Even in the 21st century (8+ / 0-)

      that kind of stuff happens. There was a gay kid in the city down the road from where I grew up, in Titusville, Pennsylvania. He literally got thrown down the stairs by his bullies...his ribs were broken and he spent some time in the hospital. His principal informed the parents that if he walked that way, talked that way, dressed that way, that's the kind of reaction he should expect.

      I continue to deal with the effects of bullying, too, so I know what you mean. It's not something that you forget. In my mind, the bullying continues. It's vicious, vicious stuff.

      Homosexuality is found in over 450 species. Homophobia is found in only one. Which one seems unnatural now?

      by Chrislove on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 06:16:47 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site