Suicide Sparks AntiBullying Movement

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Friday, October 1, 2010 - 1:44pm

Friends and family of Seth Walsh say they'll launch campaign against anti-gay bullying.

The family of suicide victim Seth Walsh and other Tehachapi, California parents and friends met Thursday, one day after the boy's passing, to rally against anti-gay bullying.

"I would like to see more tolerance in the community for people who are different," Judy Walsh, Seth Walsh's grandmother, said.

Seth was bullied at Jacobsen Middle School over the years for being gay.

Friends said the bullying ultimately led him to take his own life.

Community members met with the Walsh family to talk about how to stop relentless bullying in local schools.

"I believe that people should come to an agreement as a community to work on a non-bullying campaign," Jamie Phillips, a Walsh family friend, said.

Community members called for a strong campaign and a place where students can report bullying.

Seth's family said he would never tell them who bullied him because he was afraid of retaliation.

They said he would rather feel pain than blame anyone.

"Our school district has not been enforcing the education code and as result I lost my grandson," Jim Walsh, Seth Walsh's grandfather, said.

It's not just parents who are concerned.

Jacobsen Middle School's Class President said he wants to help stop bullying.

"They have to treat people like people because everyone is still a human being," class president Mitchell Marquez said.

The Walsh family said students should be equals at school and they have the right to feel safe there.

The family said they want students to learn from Seth's death and be more tolerant of people who are different.
 

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