Posted by: Catherine Lugg | October 20, 2010

A suicide in Michigan

Oakland University police is reporting that 19-year-old sophomore Corey Jackson committed suicide on October 19, 2010. While details are very sketchy, according to his grandmother:

“I believe (it happened) because he recently realized he was a homosexual and he was getting pressured at school by his peers because he told his family and nothing changed here,” said grandmother Carolyn Evans. “Corey was the most loving, giving, funny person. He had the most wonderful personality. He had cousins from ages 14 down to 2 and he never said a bad word about anybody. When he went to school and he realized his sexual preference had changed, he changed completely. He withdrew.”

Meanwhile, the school is claiming that there is no evidence that Jackson was bullied. According to Oakland University’s police chief, Sam Lucido:

“We have no indication that bullying-type activity was occurring,” said Lucido. “We have talked with two people — one who was a student — who were close to Corey Jackson and they have said that was not an issue.”

I will post more as details become available. But there are already some discrepancies between what his family is saying and what the school is stating. Hopefully, the truth will be found.

And for queer youth who are being harassed for who you are, please know that you are loved and valued. As Hilary Clinton notes, “It will get better.”



  1. We have interviewed straight administrators and students across the campus and they all confirm that there is no problem with homophbia here at BSU.

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