So many young people are dying because they are bullied. It could be in your hometown, state, or in your school. How many people watch the bullying and do nothing? How many schools just pass it off as kids being kids?
Gay teen Carlos Vigil, 17 of New Mexico, is the latest teenager to commit suicide because of relentless bullying. He was taken off life support on July 16,2013. He would’ve been a Senior at Albuquerque‘s Valley High School this fall.
Carlos mom Jacqueline Vigil told her local news that Carlos has been bullied since he was 8 years old.
“He had this lunchbox, a smiley face lunchbox, and people thought it was the funniest lunchbox ever, and they made fun of him for it,” Jacqueline is quoted as saying. “They grabbed it on the school bus and just threw it on the floor and broke it. It’s just little things like that.”
Carlos father Ray Vigil echoed those sentiments to NBC affiliate KOB-TV.
“We found out three years ago that he was going through this stuff and we’ve been trying to help him every day since. We realize he’s been going through it every day since he was in the third grade, that’s a long time for a child to hold that within himself.”
Carlos Vigil, 17, posted a heartbreaking note on Twitter on Saturday that he was “a loser, a freak, and a fag,” and ended with “I’m free now” — alluding to his suicide attempt.
Vigil’s father said his politically-minded son had just returned from a trip to North Carolina where he was helping to lobby for an anti-bullying bill there.
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“Based on information received from the police, the untimely loss of this student’s life may be attributed to a factor of factors altogether unrelated to bullying,” Superintendent Karen Geelan wrote.
“When a bully is brought to your attention, it needs to be hit head-on and stopped immediately,” she said.