The tragic consequences of schoolyard bullying and anti-gay taunts remains in the news. On the same day the Boston Globe publishes an editorial on the Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover tragedy, the boy's mother, Sirdeaner L. Walker, appeares on Ellen to tell her story and raise awareness on bullying.
"They were saying the same thing to Carl all the time," the grieving mother tells the openly gay talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. "'You act like you're gay. You must be gay. We think you're gay.' That's what they were calling him. All the time."
The video AFTER THE JUMP.
Sirdeaner Walker begins to describe the bullying at around 2:00. There is also this great response from Ellen: "We should have a class on compassion. You have math, you have English, you have history ... we should teach compassion to other children every single day. It should be required."
Sirdeaner Walker says before Carl would leave for school every day she said, " 'Put on your tough face, Carl.' Because he was always smiling. But he didn't have a tough face. He was a sweet kid."
Last week, another 11-year-boy in suburban Atlanta, Jaheem Herrera, also took his life after months of harassment and anti-gay bullying.
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