I wanted to write today about the cats howling all the way up to Ogunquit, where the boys and I are spending April break. Or about how beautiful the ocean is, how it brings me to a place of calm. Or about a horrible meal we had at a restaurant I've recommended a bunch of times- that I no longer recommend.
But I can't. Another boy killed himself. Bullying again.
My heart is broken.
Jaheem Herrera was eleven. He hung himself in his closet. His mother complained repeatedly to the school that he was being bullied. Nothing happened. I read about this on Pam's House Blend and I have to wonder- what will it take?
Jaheem was harassed physically and verbally. They called him gay. He spoke with an accent.
A number of parents also complained about their children being bullied, too.
Nothing happened again.
There is something deeply wrong. We must demand change. We must enable teachers to do the right thing. We must teach our children tolerance. All the crazy talk about storms and the horrible fear that maybe LGBT people might be treated as equals has to stop. We need to all come together to help these kids. Whatever our religious beliefs our, it has to stop.
Kids too young to identify as any sexuality are being brought to levels of pain that leave them feeling they have no choice.
Another little boy is dead.
We need change now.