Friday, October 1, 2010

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Releases Statement on Recent Suicides

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today released the following statement in regards to the recent suicides of LGBT youth:

"This week, we sadly lost two young men who took their own lives for one unacceptable reason: they were being bullied and harassed because they were openly gay or believed to be gay. These unnecessary tragedies come on the heels of at least three other young people taking their own lives because the trauma of being bullied and harassed for their actual or perceived sexual orientation was too much to bear.

"This is a moment where every one of us - parents, teachers, students, elected officials, and all people of conscience - needs to stand up and speak out against intolerance in all its forms. Whether it's students harassing other students because of ethnicity, disability or religion; or an adult, public official harassing the President of the University of Michigan student body because he is gay, it is time we as a country said enough. No more. This must stop."

4 comments:

Shannon Maynard said...

We are up to 10 this month.
Justin Aaberg (15) July 9, 2010. Minnesota

Billy Lucas (15) September 9, 2010. Indiana

Cody J Parker (17) September 13, 2010. Wisconsin

Seth Walsh (13) September 19, 2010. California

Tyler Clementi (18) September 22, 2010. New Jersey

Asher Brown (13) September 23, 2010. Texas

Harrison Chase Brown (15) September, 25 2010. Colorado

Raymond Chase (19) September 29, 2010. Rhode Island

Felix Sacco (17) September 29, 2010. Massachusetts

Caleb Nolt Details Emerging. Wisconsin

Shannon Maynard said...

Make that 10.

Justin Aaberg (15) July 9, 2010. Minnesota

Billy Lucas (15) September 9, 2010. Indiana

Cody J Parker (17) September 13, 2010. Wisconsin

Seth Walsh (13) September 19, 2010. California

Tyler Clementi (18) September 22, 2010. New Jersey

Asher Brown (13) September 23, 2010. Texas

Harrison Chase Brown (15) September, 25 2010. Colorado

Raymond Chase (19) September 29, 2010. Rhode Island

Felix Sacco (17) September 29, 2010. Massachusetts

Caleb Nolt Details Emerging. Wisconsin

Anonymous said...

Did the media cover the statement? I could not find it in the NY Times nor the LA Times nor the Huffingtion Post! Who got to hear it? I'm guessing a few high profile .org members at a high end restaurant for breakfast....
Not good enough for me.

Anonymous said...

Harrison Chase Brown of Colorado was not gay or even questioning his sexuality. He was not bullied. He had a girlfriend. Please don't group the memory of this beautiful boy into your statistics to further your cause.

His Father