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Brandon Bitner: Anti-gay bullying leads to another tragic teen suicide

November 8, 2010

 

Brandon Bitner- age 14

Brandon Bitner- age 14

 

Brandon’s suicide note reportedly explained that he was constantly bullied at Midd-West High School in Middleburg, where he was a freshman.

Bullies allegedly called Brandon gay, girly, fag, and geek. He stated in the note that a humiliating event in school this past week was the “straw that broke the camel’s back.”

Brandon was an accomplished violinist, having been a member of the Susquehanna Youth Orchestra in 2009.

His death came just days after an anti-bullying assembly at the high school, which, according to district Superintendent Wesley Knapp, was not held in response to any specific problems at the school, but because it is an issue Principal Cynthia Hutchinson has always felt strongly about.

After the assembly, according to student Briana Boyer in another letter to The Daily Item, “No one took it seriously, and joked around about it.”

Tammy Simpson, Brandon’s mother, said Brandon suffered verbal abuse from other students for years.

“They called him gay lots of times,” Simpson told WHTM-TV. “If the bullying would have been corrected, maybe it wouldn’t have got to this point. Maybe he wouldn’t have taken his life.”

School administrators said they weren’t aware of any problems.

via Brandon Bitner: Anti-gay bullying leads to another tragic teen suicide – LGBTQ Nation.

God rest your soul Brandon.  Wake up America…   Parenthood starts with Parents!  Take responsibility for your children.  These kids learned to be bullies somewhere!

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