October 20th 2010 – Spirit Day
Today is spirit day, today we honour the teenagers who have taken their lives because of bullying, but not just any bullying. Bullying because they were different. Bullying because they didn’t ‘fit in’. Bullying because they were gay.
This is wrong, it is wrong that they felt that they couldnot live on this planet one more second because they were bullied. Bullying and discrimnation against LGBT people is wrong, why should they suffer for being themselves?
Tyler Clementi – A 19 year old student at Rutgers University.
Raymond Chase – A 19 year old student at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island.
Seth Walsh – A 13 year old middle school student.
Asher Brown – A 13 year old eighth grader at Hamilton Middle School outside of Houston.
Billy Lucas – A 15 year old freshman at Greensburh High School in Indiana.
And many more. The death toll this year is already at 7. 7 kids, 2 of whom were only 13! Let’s not make it more.
Today people all around the world wore purple to show support for these children and to help fight the battle against anti-LGBT bullying, I was one of them.
Doing something small like just wearing purple, whether it be a tshirt, a headband or a bracelet can help create awareness around your area and prevent this from happening again. So, if you’re not already, throw on something purple and help this great cause. You still have 6 hours to show your support