Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Gay teen’s suicide spurs review of bullying policy

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ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. where in the weeks since an openly gay teenager killed himself, the reaction in this Tennessee town has included petition drives to examine the anti-bullying policy in the local schools and a tense public meeting to discuss suicide prevention efforts.

Jacob Rogers shot himself on Dec. 7.

He wrote about family in the notes he left behind before his death, but there was no mention of bullying, authorities said.

However, a friend told The Tennessean that Rogers was an almost daily target for name-calling at Cheatham County Central High School.

"It was like every day, every class," said 18-year-old Kaelynn Mooningham.

Friends and family question whether the school did enough to protect Rogers, and if the district’s anti-bullying policy is too lenient for students who do harm...Read Full Story

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