“I want to taste and glory in each day, and never be afraid to experience pain; and never shut myself up in a numb core of nonfeeling, or stop questioning and criticizing life and take the easy way out. To learn and think: to think and live; to live and learn: this always, with new insight, new understanding, and new love.”—Sylvia Plath (The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath)
because these kids have names and they have stories. they’re real people with families and hopes and dreams that were stamped out by hate. may the reason for the color not be forgotten.
He was a 19 year old student at Rutgers University. After his college roommate tweeted “roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into Molly’s room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay.”, he lived-streamed Tyler having sexual relations with his boyfriend. Tyler threw himself off a bridge after finding out.
He was a 19 year old student at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island. He hung himself in his dorm room.
“Raymond Chase was a person who liked Harry Potter and Rugrats and was a member of the popular facebook group “I cant spell “bananas” without singing hollaback girl.” (source)
Seth Walsh was a thirteen year old middle school student. He was bullied to the point that he could not bear to live.
“He spent a lot of his life frightened.” It was in person, through the internet, through phonecalls. His peers were relentless. He was perpetually picked on for his mannerisms and his style of dressing, even before he came out as gay. His mother found him hanging from a tree in their backyard. He spent over a week lingering on life support before he died.
He was a 13-year-old eighth grader at Hamilton Middle School outside Houston His family says that he was “bullied to death”.
”Asher was tormented for being small. For his religious beliefs. For the way he dressed. And for being gay. His bullies acted out mock gay sex acts in phys ed class.”His parents repeatedly contacted school officials on his bullying. Nothing was ever done. He shot himself in the head.
He was a 15-year-old freshman at Greensburg High School in Indiana. “Everyone made fun of him.” Like Asher, his school administration knew but did nothing. A friend says the bullies would call Billy “gay and tell him to go kill himself.” Homophobic hate messages have been left on his facebook memorial page.
and there are more
The death toll for this school year is already at 7. Seven kids who have lost their lives because of hateful peers.
It’s horrible that it’s taken tragedies like this to finally wake this nation up.
We’re sorry we hurt you. We’re sorry we torture you. We’re sorry we burn you for fun. We’re sorry we poke you. We’re sorry we prod you. We’re sorry we subject you to a lifetime of pain so we can eat you. We’re sorry we kick you just to feel better about ourselves. We’re sorry we rip the skin off your bones while you’re still alive. We’re sorry we sell you in pet shops and then abandon you when we’ve had enough. We’re sorry we leave you in garbage cans. We’re sorry we shove hormones down your throat. We’re sorry we steal your babies from you. We’re sorry we throw you off of bridges. We’re sorry we chain you up all day and all night. We’re sorry we drown you. We’re sorry we force you to do unnatural tricks for our entertainment. We’re sorry we forget to feed you or give you water. We’re sorry our disgruntled slaughterhouse workers take out all their aggressions on you. We’re sorry we force you to fight each other. We’re sorry we force you to fight us. We’re sorry we use you for transportation. We’re sorry we sacrifice your life so we can have another leather couch, car seat, belt or pair of shoes. We’re sorry we make you scream in pain and then put a picture of a smiling chicken on the box. We’re sorry we make you feel like you are part of the family and then forget about you when the baby comes. We’re sorry we drag you behind our cars. We’re sorry we keep you in dark, crowded, horrid living conditions. We’re sorry we force feed you to make you fatter. We’re sorry we burn your front paws in order to make you stand on two feet so our children can laugh. We’re sorry we sexually abuse you for our fetishes. We’re sorry we trap you. We’re sorry we hunt you. We’re sorry our shelters still use inhumane methods of killing you. We’re sorry we subject you to a lifetime of terrorizing experiments so we can have yet another shampoo. We’re sorry we don’t report our neighbors who are mistreating you to the authorities. We’re sorry we poison you in the middle of the night. We’re sorry we humiliate you. We’re sorry we keep you alone indoors all day long and then get too lazy to take you for walks. We’re sorry we choke you and suffocate you. We’re sorry we yell at you. We’re sorry we leave you out in the cold rain and in the hot sun. We’re sorry we forget you in boiling hot cars with no open windows. We’re sorry we intimidate you to feel powerful. We’re sorry we dump you when you’re old and sick. We’re sorry we sacrifice you for our beliefs and religions. We’re sorry we starve you as a form of “art”. We’re sorry we expose you to explosions and gunshots so we can film another movie. We’re sorry we trap you in zoos so we can watch you suffer. We’re sorry we treat you like objects that can be exploited for our own selfish purposes. And most of all: We’re sorry we don’t recognize you for the amazing, intelligent, glorious, magnificent creatures that you are.