An article on the internet entitled “Anti-Gay-Bullying Victim Kills himself” includes a picture of an 11-year-old boy, Carl Hoover-Walker, who it is alleged committed suicide because he was bullied for being “gay”.
But although the boy seems to have been bullied, there is no evidence that he was homosexual. After his death ,some people alleged that the bullies had called him “gay” – and even that is only hearsay.
Further down the article admits that Carl was not homosexual and did not identify as homosexual. How could an 11-year-old, pre-pubertal boy, be homosexual anyway? The allegation is nonsense.
And if they called him “gay” why? Was Carl really being sexually abused by someone?
What emerges from this story, is that Carl must have been a disturbed child and that his classmates were using inappropriate vocabulary for their age group. They had learned words like homosexual and “gay” from TV and elsewhere, and this precocious awareness was doing a lot of harm. Nowadays they are even taught these ideas in school sex-education classes, with the result that bullying does not go down – it goes up.
Children are vulnerable. Carl was not “gay” and he would still be alive now if adults had not poisoned the minds of these children with unsuitable ideas.
The same article displays a photograph of a 15-year-old, named Lawrence King, who was supposedly shot in his school. the caption goes on “Friends say the reason was his sexual orientation and gender expression”. But what proof have they got? How do we know that this person at the age of only 15 was actually homosexual or had started to imagine he might be? Who are these “friends” , who was the killer, and what proof have we got? None. the article is just jumping to conclusions. It does not give any details of who Lawrence King was, or what school he attended. Where did he live? When and where did the court case take place? Why have they got no dates?
Did this person ever exist or is this case another queer fiction?
The mother of an 11-year-old boy who hanged himself says her son was tormented by classmates who bullied him ceaselessly, according to the Springfield Republican.
Sirdeaner L. Walker found her son, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, hanging by an extension cord on the second floor of her Springfield home on Monday night. Walker said Carl, a sixth-grade student at the New Leadership Charter School, had been taunted and threatened by classmates for weeks before he killed himself.
Walker said Wednesday that bullying in schools cannot be tolerated any longer by parents and administrators.
“I just want to help some other child. I know there are other kids being picked on, and it’s day in and day out,” said Walker, 43.
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She said that she contacted the school repeatedly over the last six months to ask teachers to intervene after learning her son had been targeted by students. Walker said her son’s classmates called him gay on a daily basis, made fun of his clothes and threatened to harm him, according to the Springfield Republican.
The 43-year-old, who had just returned from a church service for her son, said Carl was a Boy Scout who played football and basketball. Walker found her son’s body when she went upstairs to check on him on Monday.
“It was the worst experience of my life, and I’m a breast cancer survivor. Four years, it was four years ago I had breast cancer,” Walker said.
According to the National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center, almost 30 percent of youth in the U.S. are involved in bullying as either a bully, a target of bullying, or both. The Resource Center also reports that a survey of students in grades 6-10 shows that 13 percent report having bullied other students, and another 11 percent said they were the targets of bullying.
Walker said Carl attended Alfred M. Glickman Elementary School until the fifth grade, but he had a hard time making new friends when he transferred to the New Leadership School.
Walker said in a recent incident, her son was harassed by his classmates after he bumped a TV with his backpack that bumped into a girl. Walker said the girl threatened her son with harm, and administrators did not do enough to stop bullying against Carl.
“I called there every week,” she said.
According to Walker, school officials decided to try to mediate the conflict between Carl and the girl by having them eat lunch together for a week. She said the plan was poorly conceived and failed to help her son.
“If anything can come of this, it’s that another child doesn’t have to suffer like this and there can be some justice for some other child. I don’t want any other parent to go through this,” she said.
Henry M. Thomas III, chairman of the school’s board of directors, failed to return repeated calls from a Springfield Republican reporter seeking comment.
A report released by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Wednesday showed that the suicide rate among young male adults in the state rose 28 percent in 2007. The category, however, does not reflect deaths among teenagers and students Carl’s age.
The New Leadership Charter School will offer grief counseling to students and staff on Monday.
“The NLCS family has suffered a major loss,” said a statement on the school’s Web site.