Posted by: Catherine Lugg | September 28, 2010

Yes, just how many dead queer kids will it take?

Seems like I posted too soon this morning.

From the Houston Chronicle:

“Asher Brown’s worn-out tennis shoes still sit in the living room of his Cypress-area home while his student progress report — filled with straight A’s — rests on the coffee table.

The eighth-grader killed himself last week. He shot himself in the head after enduring what his mother and stepfather say was constant harassment from four other students at Hamilton Middle School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District.

Brown, his family said, was “bullied to death” — picked on for his small size, his religion and because he did not wear designer clothes and shoes. Kids also accused him of being gay, some of them performing mock gay acts on him in his physical education class, his mother and stepfather said.

The 13-year-old’s parents said they had complained about the bullying to Hamilton Middle School officials during the past 18 months, but claimed their concerns fell on deaf ears.”

Asher came out to his parents as a gay young man on the morning that he shot himself.

I’ll ask it again: When does the body count grow high enough for AERA to give a good god-damn?

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