"After returning home from school, fifth-grader Jaheem Herrera quietly went into his room and hanged himself. His 10-year-old sister, Yerralis, also a fifth-grader, discovered Jaheem’s dead body. 'His sister was screaming, "Get him down, get him down," 'said Norman Keene, who helped raise Jaheem since the boy was two years old.
"Jaheem was bullied relentlessly, his family said. 'They called him gay and a snitch,' his stepfather said. 'All the time they’d call him this.'
"[Jaheem's best friend] said, 'He told me that he’s tired of everybody always messing with him in school. He is tired of telling the teachers and the staff, and they never do anything about the problems. So, the only way out is by killing himself.' "
FOX 5 Atlanta reports the 11-year-old Virgin Islands native was physically assaulted by older boys. Jaheem's best friend and several classmates intervened after older boys put Jaheem into a headlock and he passed out.
Jaheem Herrera's mother—and the mother of the friend who rescued Jaheem from the headlock—said "they repeatedly complained about harassment, but nothing was done." The DeKalb School System refuses to discuss the case.
Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover of Massachusetts, who took his own life two weeks ago after months of relentless anti-gay bullying and abuse, was also repeatedly called "gay" and a "snitch". Is this how our community initiates young men into "manhood"?
Thanks DANNY, JERMAINE, RONALD