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Gay Tennessee Teen Commits Suicide After Years Of Being Bullied

★~DoctorWhoGuru~★ 2012/01/24 00:41:46

A Tennessee teen's parents claim that constant anti-gay bullying led their son to take his own life.

As WSMV is reporting, parents and grandparents found 14-year-old Phillip Parker's body last Friday, along with a handwritten note in his trash can reading, "Please help me mom." Family members say they had previously reported concerns about their son's treatment to Gordonsville High School but to no avail.

"I should have knew something was wrong, but he seemed happy," Philip's mother Gena Parker told News Channel 5. "After he did what he did, we found out a lot that we didn't know and there is a lot of bullying that goes on at the school."

Added grandfather Paul Harris: "Because he was gay, he got mistreated physically, mentally by several people out there at the school, and I am very resentful as a result of it. After he did what he did, we found out a lot that we didn't know and there is a lot of bullying that goes on at the school."

Although numerous sources, including Towleroad, Queerty and Metro Weekly, are also reporting the story, an official cause of death does not appear to have been revealed.

The Tennessee Equality Project's Upper Cumberland Committee will hold a candlelight vigil in Cookeville on Thursday, honoring Parker as well as other bullying victims, including Jacob Rogers,another teen who committed suicide last month.

Sadly, Parker's case follows a spate of LGBT-related controversy in the state of Tennessee. In addition to Rogers, the so-called "Don't Say Gay" bill, which would effectively prevent public elementary and middle schools from teaching or distributing material on human sexuality that deals with homosexuality in any way, gained traction once again, while the state's senate Republicanshave also proposed a change to the state's anti-bullying law to exempt condemnations of homosexuality based on religion.

Need help? Visit The Trevor Project's website or call them at 1-866-488-7386. In the U.S. you can also call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or visit stopbullying.gov.

You can also visit Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network's (GLSEN) website for more resources.

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  • Jo 2012/01/24 00:48:54
    Jo
    +6
    i truly canNOT fathom whats wrong with these kids; I could never--and I mean NEVER--be mean to somebody else for no reason; theres something very disturbing about someone who can.

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  • Bocephus 2012/03/06 20:54:52
  • Zach Bocephus 2012/03/07 14:13:17
    Zach
    +1
    Yeah maybe it's suicide epidmic than a bulling one
  • Bocephus Zach 2012/03/07 16:51:28
  • Zach 2012/01/28 18:59:45
    Zach
    +1
    I know I'll be seen as a troll for saying this but bullying has always existed yet it seams more and more kids are resorting to suicide. I'm starting to think that the media might be a contributing factor into the decision to kill themselves as they'll be seen as martyrs in the public eye. I'm not saying that these kids are committing suicide JUST for the fame, I'm saying that it's pro in the decision.
  • American☆Atheist 2012/01/25 23:37:46
  • Blair C 2012/01/25 20:56:48 (edited)
  • D D 2012/01/24 20:34:45
    D D
    +1
    I was harassed at school mercilessly for being skinny. Got a good deal better after 10th grade.
  • Gordon 2012/01/24 14:02:11
    Gordon
    +1
    This is too sad. Bullies are such mean spirited demons.
  • justnotsaying (: 2012/01/24 12:31:53
    justnotsaying (:
    +2
    It's sad, but parents may want to consider removing their child from school if necessary, and doing other forms of education. Instead of letting them go through that. I don't want to call this a trend, but I hope these kids committing suicide aren't getting ideas, when they hear stories of other bullied young individuals committing suicide. The mother claimed she had no idea, but other family members knew he was being mistreated really bad.
  • Reality-Check 2012/01/24 09:33:31 (edited)
    Reality-Check
    +1
    What doesn't kill you makes you stronger...

    Some poeple just can't cope...

    it's always a shame to hear that a life has been wasted..

    its a shame to think that parents and schools still teach bigotry...
  • OnyxRaven 2012/01/24 07:37:01
  • JoshuaHarper 2012/01/24 05:38:50 (edited)
  • Jaz Killjoy Way 2012/01/24 05:26:45
  • sjalan 2012/01/24 05:24:14
    sjalan
    +3
    Everytime I see one of these articles I makes my blood boil that the people who supervise these bullies are not trying to stop it.

    I put the blame for this directly on the parents of the bullies and the organizations like these hate groups.

    http://www.splcenter.org/get-...

    The sooner we get rid of groups like this and the ultra religious right like Santorum and Perry and others that promote bigotry, prejudice and hatred against homosexual the better.
  • missfit 2012/01/24 05:09:15
    missfit
    +2
    This is so sad and preventable. I have always taught my daughter to never bully for any reason. What difference does it make if someone is different. We all are and that is what makes us special. I can't understand why kids have to be so mean.
  • Melicious Kiss of PHAET 2012/01/24 04:39:56
    Melicious Kiss of PHAET
    +2
    This is so very sad. My heart hurts for this kid and his family. And people think that they choose to be gay, why would they choose that??
  • Reggie☮ 2012/01/24 04:22:59
    Reggie☮
    +1
    This happens far too often.
  • ☠megan_massacre☠ 2012/01/24 03:25:13
    ☠megan_massacre☠
    +1
    That is so terrible :'( I cannot understand why anyone would be so mean to another human being. People are so cruel.
  • Lee The Hybrid Snowflake 2012/01/24 02:59:25
    Lee The Hybrid Snowflake
    +1
    Kids are mean, why I don't know. This is a sad story we hear way to often.
  • tellmewhy 2012/01/24 02:59:06
  • Pam 2012/01/24 02:56:15
    Pam
    +1
    Teenagers are hormonal to begin with. Add to the mix that they can be very very cruel when they want to be and you have a recipe for disaster. My blessings and sympathies to the family and Phillip, rest in peace.
  • ☠ Live Free Or Die ☠ 2012/01/24 02:32:43
    ☠ Live Free Or Die ☠
    +3
    I've heard this same heart breaking story way too many times..
    Rest in peace, Philip..
    rose
  • LarryStylinson 2012/01/24 02:28:27
  • BeingMe<3 2012/01/24 02:25:37
    BeingMe<3
    +1
    thats so sad i hope the parents are ok
  • TMan 2012/01/24 01:39:53
  • Jane Constant 2012/01/24 01:36:29
    Jane Constant
    +1
    So very sad
  • Kashee 2012/01/24 01:04:42
    Kashee
    +3
    I am so upset. What are parents teaching their children, what kind of behavior is being encouraged. This was a young boy who had the rest of his life to live. Wake up out there. If you are encouraging this bigotry, go back to church or wherever you need to go to learn how to treat all of humanity.
  • JoshuaH... Kashee 2012/01/24 16:29:01
    JoshuaHarper
    Church is where the bigotry is being preached...
  • ❤Runaway❤ 2012/01/24 00:59:20
    ❤Runaway❤
    +3
    When will kids learn that other people have feelings? :'(
  • elijahin24 ❤Runaway❤ 2012/01/24 03:08:11
    elijahin24
    When will adults learn that kids will amplify whatever judgment they render against anyone who is different? When a parent uses a word like "fag" at home, the child will use it at school. They will take their parents condemnation of gays to school with them, and they will impose that judgment on their classmates.
  • susan BN-0 2012/01/24 00:59:03
    susan BN-0
    +2
    I don't get It aren't Christians supposed to teach others about gods love,not push them to kill themselves,what's wrong with them.
  • WHITEY 2012/01/24 00:53:53
    WHITEY
    +2
    Instead of not speaking about homosexuality it needs to be talked about with the youth at some point at the parents discretion. If these bullies were more informed on the subject they may be less likely to act out toward the unknown. And no matter the situation these authority figures that sit back doing nothing about reports they recieve should be held responsible for what takes place under their watch.
  • Jo 2012/01/24 00:48:54
    Jo
    +6
    i truly canNOT fathom whats wrong with these kids; I could never--and I mean NEVER--be mean to somebody else for no reason; theres something very disturbing about someone who can.
  • elijahin24 Jo 2012/01/24 01:02:56
    elijahin24
    +2
    I was. I was terrible to my gay classmates. I wish that weren't true; but it is.
    I thought there was nothing wrong with it. I even thought, at some points, that I was doing them a favor. These bullies are to blame, but they aren't the only ones. The parents who put these ideas of hate in the minds of their kids are as well. So are the teachers who don't step in. And so are the legislators who tie the teachers hands and prevent them from talking about the things that matter. The things that COULD save someones life.
  • Jo elijahin24 2012/01/24 02:58:42
    Jo
    I agree:)
  • Sinister Ken Doll™ 2012/01/24 00:47:53
    Sinister Ken Doll™
    +4
    :'(

    I hate it when stuff like this happens
    People suck
  • Sister Jean 2012/01/24 00:47:35
    Sister Jean
    +4
    so tragic homophobia is so sick

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