Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Bullied Gay Iowa Teen Committed Suicide After Alleged Death Threats

If you think that SOME churches and religions are not inciting Hatred and encouraging bullying of gay kids, then think again. It's sad how Some people thrust their Bibles at gay people and point to Leviticus (written thousands of years ago), when they ignore "don't get tattoos, don't eat shrimp or shellfish, stone divorcees, stone non-virgins, and slavery is okay." None of those things make sense in today's society and they're rightfully ignored, and neither does gay-bashing. Christ didn't hate gay people. He said nothing about them. Yet, SOME of our churches, and most of the Conservatives are doing everything to ALLOW BULLYING *yes, Louisiana lawmakers just said "It's perfectly  fine to bully gay people:*
  - SO, this kind of religious bullying that drives people to take their own lives is acceptable?   
The GOP platform this year is now SO anti-gay, they're rabid about repealing all gay marriages. Mitt Romney signed a "promise" to try an invalidate tens of thousands of gay marriages around the U.S. to cater to these people. 
 - I recently had an encounter with one elderly woman who wants to repeal gay marriage  and asked how my marriage affects her life. She couldn't answer. I asked her if it was christian to DENY allowing people to visit their seriously ill significant other in a hospital - she wouldn't answer. This is what is wrong when churches stand against gay marriage. We're all people. We all deserve the same things. In the 1960s the churches and majority felt the same against inter-racial marriages. Fortunately, that changed. BTW- 3 of our neighbors have inter-racial marriages and they don't affect me. I'm just happy they found love. At least we got over that stupid law that prevented people of different races from marrying. 
 - On to the article that set me off:

Bullied Gay Iowa Teen Committed Suicide After Alleged Death Threats

Kenneth Weishuhn, a high school student from Paullina, Iowa, took his own life Saturday following a sustained campaign of anti-gay bullying from classmates, both at school and online. He also reportedly received death threats by phone.
Family and friends say the 14-year-old was happy.  But, beneath that smile, there was a lot of pain.
“He says, ‘Mom, you don’t know how it feels to be hated,” said Jeannie Chambers.
Kenneth Weishuhn didn’t know either, until he told his friends last month that he was gay.
“People that were originally his friends, they kind of turned on him,” said his sister Kayla Weishuhn.
Teasing started in school, according Kayla, a sophomore.  She says it was the boys in her class, that bullied her brother over his sexuality.
This 14 year old took his life because  conservatives and churches encourage hatred against gays.
A lot of people, they either joined in or they were too scared to say anything,” she said.
She says they took their teases online, to websites like Facebook, creating a hate group against gays and adding Kenneth’s friends as members.  However, it was only the beginning, family say he started receiving death threats from South O’Brien students on his phone.
Parents in the district have said they are concerned that bullying has become a problem for the area and that while there are protocols in place to deal with bullying something has obviously not happened fast enough to help Kenneth.
Says another KITV report:
These parents are urging district officials to be more proactive than reactive.
“Waking up yesterday morning and finding out that because a 14-year-old figured out who he was and people didn’t like it, that they started bullying him, it really makes me afraid for my daughter because I’ve always taught her to be an individual and that she can be anything she wants to be an whoever she wants to be,” said Nicole Bensley, parent of kindergartner.
“A policy’s only as good as the paper that it’s printed on. If you don’t read it and take action on it, it’s no use,” said Toni Wulf, parent of 7th grader.
The district points out that it has created a number of assemblies related to combating bullying and cyberbullying over the past few months, and has said it acts swiftly to investigate all cases of bullying that are brought to its attention.
Superintendent Dan Moore is quoted as saying that if an investigation finds that bullying was part of this case, it will be dealt with: “This is a smaller school, and it’s a family. It’s a darn good school, with great staff and great students, and we need to address if we have issues. We don’t ignore any issues. We address them all to the best we can.”
The sheriff’s office has opened an investigation into the case.
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