Ellen DeGeneres Speaks Out Against Teen Bullying In Wake Of Surge In Gay Youth Suicides
Emmy-winning daytime hostess Ellen DeGeneres is speaking out against a frightening surge in teen bullying across the country that has prompted a rash of suicides among American youth, particularly those in the gay community.
This week, Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi became the fourth gay teen to take his own life the last month after two of his classmates outed him by broadcasting one of his trysts online with the help of a webcam. Another gay young man, Seth Walsh, died in a Los Angeles-area hospital on Tuesday afternoon after nine days on life support. The 13-year-old hanged himself from a tree in his backyard after years of being bullied at
Really sad….Can’t we all just get along?!
“I am devastated by the death of 18-year-old Tyler Clementi. If you don’t know, Tyler was a bright student at Rutgers University whose life was senselessly cut short. He was outed as being gay on the internet and he killed himself,” Ellen began.
“Something must be done. This month alone, there has been a shocking number of news stories about teens who have been teased and bullied and then committed suicide; like 13-year-old Seth Walsh in Tehachapi, California. Asher Brown, 13, of Cypress, Texas and 15-year-old Billy Lucas in Greensberg, Indiana. This needs to be a wake-up call to everyone: teenage bullying and teasing is an epidemic in this country, and the death rate is climbing.”