Gay teen sadly driven to commit suicide after bullying
It is always a sad day when someone takes their own life. It is even more sad when the person in question is a teen who was being bullied for being gay, something that he couldn't change even if he tried. That's what happened with 15-year-old Jadin Bell, an Oregon teen who was just taken off life support after he tried to commit suicide by hanging himself from playground equipment at an elementary school. His family believes that he took his own life because of the bullying he suffered for being homosexual.
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According to the Daily Mail, officials at Jadin's school, the Le Grande High School, are currently investigating those reports. The sad story of the teen's bullying happened when he had finally had enough and hung himself at Central Elementary School, which caused him to suffer brain damage and remain on life support for a couple of days. Sadly, doctors found little brain activity and his family had to make the very difficult choice to take him off life support. After an outpouring of support from the teen's suicide, his mom told the Observer:
We always knew that Jadin is a special person. Now everyone knows. 'The next time you are thinking of being unkind to someone, think to yourself, "If that person was a member of your family, would you want them treated like that?" Don't treat them like that.
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Although Jadin lost his life far too soon, the community has really come out in support of the bullied gay teen. The sophomore was honored by hundreds of students who came out to a vigil last week, when he was still fighting for his life at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland. I hope that the community, and in particular the bullies in that school, will listen to the story of Jadin and his mom's message and never bully another teen for being different.
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