Anti-gay bullying has entire high schools heartbroken, parents childless and families torn apart. Just this fall, Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi jumped to his death after he'd allegedly had an intimate experience with another man that was broadcast to the campus via his roommate's webcam. In September alone, nine young people -- gay or merely suspected of being gay -- took their lives after being bullied. But what would people do if they witnessed this kind of hatred taking place right in front of them?
Bullying and teen suicide: A collection of academic research - The Journalist's Resource
The first nationwide study to ask high school students about their sexuality found that gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers were at far greater risk for depression, bullying and many types of violence than their straight peers. Jonathan Mermin, a senior official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which includes a division that administered the survey. The survey found that about 8 percent of the high school population described themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, which would be about 1. These adolescents were three times more likely than straight students to have been raped. They skipped school far more often because they did not feel safe; at least a third had been bullied on school property. And they were twice as likely as heterosexual students to have been threatened or injured with a weapon on school property. More than 40 percent of these students reported that they had seriously considered suicide, and 29 percent had made attempts to do so in the year before they took the survey.
What Parents Should Know About Gay Bullying and Suicide
Most lesbian, gay, bisexual, LGB youth are happy and thrive during their adolescent years. Having a school that creates a safe and supportive learning environment for all students and having caring and accepting parents are especially important. Positive environments can help all youth achieve good grades and maintain good mental and physical health. However, some LGB youth are more likely than their heterosexual peers to experience negative health and life outcomes.
The gay community is used to having its heart broken, but nothing in the recent past has hit quite as hard as the recent spate of gay teen suicides. There are few among us who don't have visceral memories of either some form of hazing or nerve-wracking "passing" in high school -- we know all too well exactly the despair these poor kids were experiencing. The P.
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