Yet another young life has ended over anti-gay bullying. In Georgia:
On Thursday afternoon, after returning home from school, fifth-grader Jaheem 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. When Keene got to the room, he saw Yerralis holding her brother, trying to remove the pressure of the noose her brother had fashioned with a fabric belt. Jaheem was bullied relentlessly, his family said. Keene said the family knew the boy was a target, but until his death they didn’t understand the scope. “We’d ask him, ‘Jaheem, what’s wrong with you?’” Keene recalled. “He’d never tell us.” He didn’t want his sister to tell, either. She witnessed much of the bullying, and many times rose to her brother’s defense, Keene said. “They called him gay and a snitch,” his stepfather said. “All the time they’d call him this.”
Jaheem’s parents say they had complained to the school about their son’s abuse, but Dekalb County school officials refuse to comment on the situation, no doubt because their lawyers fear a coming massive lawsuit.
Stand by for the anti-Day Of Silence haters to say nothing about Jaheem’s tragic end. They think it’s perfectly OK to torment children into suicide and they will conduct national advertising campaigns to announce that.