The suicide of Tyler Clementi has received a large amount of press coverage in the past few days but, unfortunately, it’s actually only one of a handful of tragic deaths related to teenage bullying and harassment that have occurred lately. A number of public figures have been trying to help like advice columnist Dan Savage who created the It Gets Better Project, in which people can upload videos to YouTube offering hope to LGBT despairing teenagers. Meanwhile, Ellen DeGeneres recorded a similar message. Voice breaking, she promised bullied teens that situations will improve and that they all “should be alive to see it.”
“One life lost in this senseless way is tragic. Four lives lost is a crisis. And these are just the stories we hear about. How many other teens have we lost? How many others are suffering in silence? Being a teenager and figuring out who you are is hard enough without someone attacking you.
My heart is breaking for their families, their friends and for a society that continues to let this happen. These kids needed us. We have an obligation to change this. There are messages everywhere that validate this kind of bullying and taunting and we have to make it stop. We can’t let intolerance and ignorance take another kid’s life.
I want anyone out there who feels different and alone to know that I know how you feel. There is help out there.”
In addition, on DeGeneres’ website, she listed a number of programs and organizations out to help the victims of bullying. You can read them here.
(h/t Huffington Post)
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