Bullied 7-Year-Old Commits Suicide. SEVEN.
“It’s just a tragedy on so many levels,” Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. said Thursday, calling the situation “unfathomable.”
He said the department is investigating the child’s death, but as of Thursday afternoon, it appeared the situation is “exactly as presented” — a suicide.
But what’s this?
Look, there’s nothing in this news report to suggest that the unnamed boy was being bullied as a result of his sexual orientation. But his perceived sexual orientation? Maybe. Classmates apparently endlessly hounded the victim because he was the only boy in a home of 8 girls.
So if – if, if, if, I know – concerns about sexual orientation or gender identity were part of this boy’s struggle to make it through each day without being made to feel absolutely worthless by his classmates, then I think it’s fair to say that the family’s pastor may have not been the best person to help this boy cope.
I may be projecting my own experience with religion, clergy and sexual orientation onto this story here, but I can’t help but imagine a young boy who suspects he might be gay, who is taunted every day because he appears to be gay being told by the adult trusted with his psychological wellbeing – in this case a pastor – that being gay is a sin, and that gay people are not worthy of God’s love.
What would that do to the boy? How would that make him feel?
Broken, I would guess. It would probably make him feel absolutely broken and unlovable and very wrong inside.
Knowing what we do about LGBT youth and the enormously higher suicide rates they face because of the enormously higher bullying they face, this hypothetical doesn’t seem entirely out of the realm of possibility, does it?
But I guess we’ll never know.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family, friends and loved ones he left behind. What a tremendous waste of life.
(via Detroit Free Press)