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10 April 2009

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Shane Moseley

GOOD LORD.
This is just insane.

I am so sorry for this mother's loss.

Alex

I'm speechless. This boy wasn't even necessarily going to end up gay, he was just a little kid. He was just perceived as gay, but that was by 11 and 12 year olds, what do they know. They teased him for dressing differently.

So very sad.

Carlos

Wow. What a way to start a Friday, right? Just when you think we had a great week you learn some family had the worse week of their life.

Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, RIP my love.

Jerry

That's just awful, I don't care if that kid was gay or str8 he was a beautiful child and looks like a sweet heart. I'm so sorry for his families loss and I'm so sorry for what he must have felt like to have to turn to suicide to escape :(

Anderson

i am tearing up and obviously don't even know this child or his family. but that was once me. there for the grace of god go i.

this boy had his whole life before him ...

Talarico

What is really amazing is that thi9s took place in Springfield MASSACHUSETTS ... a city and state that you would think would be more progressive. But unfortunately it seems the school was a charter school established by the Urban League and most likely majority black.

We all know how our people can be sometimes.

I wish the very best for this family in such a difficult time.

Lew

I was once that child. school is so very cruel... i know i contemplated a way out at a young age. my heart goes out to his family.

RJ

***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.***

And what happened? What did the school say? 'Sorry, we don't care?' This is a MFing outrage. WHEN will this end?

And yes yes yes I blame the parents of these students and the school.

Benjamin

You know, normally I look forward to some beefcake on an early Friday morning but this is infinitely much more fulfilling. The fact that it happened in Massachusetts should not be laughed at. Supposedly that is the most enlightened state in our imperfect union.

What a horror. God bless that little boy.

FREELEO

One of these days we will stop all the name calling. It doesn't matter whether we think the person can take it or not. It's just mean. A very sad situation. It could have been me as a teenager.

Tye in London

Is there a bullying law in Massachusetts?

This is such a tragedy...my sincere apologies, mates.

Lamar

I'm beyond speechless. I won't even say this could have been me. This was ME when I was in my teens and tweens. I even tried to hurt myself several times. I guess God was smiling on me. Please smile on this boy and this mother, they need your grace.

Dalton H

So very sad. A tragedy on many levels.

Baltimore Femme

"The school has no comment"
Of course they don't. They helped kill this beautiful young black boy. I am so mad I am seeing red.

This is a shame and a disgrace.

N.Athon

To the previous commenter "lew", I was that boy as well (at that exact grade/age in brooklyn, which freaks me out) but know that we both made it out.

To "Talarico", I understand where you sentiment comes from but I don't think we should assume anything about the race of the majority of the students at the charter school, based on what was stated in this posting.

It's a cliche statement, but when I see this boy i really see anyone of us . . . 's crazy . . . madworld.

Jim

And whenever a state legislature proposes an anti-bullying law, you will nearly always find Christian groups lobbying against it.

Might that be because those who like to call themselves Christians are so often the grown-up results of the children we knew as bullies when we were in school?

Raheem

The biggest offenders are the religious right, the so called Christians and the fundamentalists who are intolerant and raise their children to be intolerant. Who would condone beating up a child and teasing him day after day because he is new or different? This is outrageous.


You can be sure the children who drive him to this, and their parents, are getting a good night's sleep.

Lincoln Mall

The boy wasn't even gay, didn't even act feminine or anything, they were just calling him names and being cruel.

What is this world coming to.

Jim

"You can be sure the children who drive him to this, and their parents, are getting a good night's sleep."

The Christians tell each other that God blesses the wicked.

isis

What an Unbearable Tragedy! This boy was absolutely beautiful and it just breaks my heart that his life has been cut so short. Shame on the school officials for not acting accordingly. It should NEVER take 6 months of calling! I can't imagine the pain, anger and grief his Mom is feeling. The truly sad thing is that this was COMPLETELY preventable, if only the officials had taken action. People send their children to school and entrust the officials to protect and educate them. This school completely failed this little boy and his family. I just hope he is at peace and with the Lord.

Langs B.

Horrible- I mean we must always interven when we see kids bullying each other.

R.B.

Very sad .. It's definitely a story that many can relate too .. Children only mirror what they see and hear at home because they certainly don't come out of the womb with opinions .. My prayers are certainly about this young man and his family .. I just wonder who will march in protest about this issue and in his honor...

elg

At least the boy thought enough of himself to complain to his mother. The same thing happened to me years ago, but I kept it all inside - I figured no one would help me.

This shows me that 'the more things change, the more they stay the same'.

I hope the boy's mother sues that school back to the stone age.

Nathan James

I wanted to scream when I read this story. I can tell you from my own childhood experiences, that I know EXACTLY why nothing was done by Carl's school, to put a stop to the incessant bullying and ridicule of this child. When I was growing up, the other kids in my school thought it was perfectly OK to rip the hearing aids from my ears and throw them across the room. Then, as I scrambled on my knees to pick them off the floor, the other kids would kick them away from me. Of course the teachers turned a blind eye to this, until I decided to fight back.

Then, I became the "disruptive element", and my parents were told I needed "psychological counseling". Oh, God, it only got worse in junior high when I discovered my sexuality, and I wasn't the most masculine kid in the school. That's when the beatings began in earnest (this was the '70s). So I understand perfectly why this poor, tormented child killed himself. It is clear to me that the school he attended was not interested in addressing a deep-seated, widespread problem with their "normal, well-adjusted" students, who, in effect, drove this defenseless child to his death. I only pray that in death this child finds a measure of peace that was so cruelly denied him in life.

Unfortunately, it seems that little has changed since I was a kid getting bullied 30 years ago. I would have thought with all the noise society makes about "protecting the children", we would have made more progress in protecting children...from each other!

QH

I am so just appalled and saddened by this. I feel blessed that I went through similar abuse in grade and high school, nbut had family to support me.

I wish someone had helped this young man. Kids can be cruel.-QH

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