Anti-Bullying Policies Questioned After Gay Tenn. Teen’s Death
Weeks after a Tenn. teen took his own life after enduring years of bullying, residents of Ashland City, a small town in north-central Tenn., have come together to question local schools’ anti-bullying policies, reported WRAL.com.
On Dec. 7 Jacob Rogers committed suicide after being constantly teased and harassed for being gay at Cheatham County Central High School, EDGE reported in a Dec. 9 article.
Roger’s family and friends criticized the school’s policies and said officials did not do enough to protect the teen. Hundreds of people signed a petition to strengthen the school’s anti-bullying policy and more than 1,700 people have signed an online petition created by the gay-rights organization, the Tennessee Equality Project.
Rogers was a senior and only months away from graduating but the bullying became too much for him.
"It was like every day, every class," Kaelynn Mooningham, Roger’s friend told the Tennessean.
Several students talked about Rogers being harassed at public meetings and in an interview Justin Philalack, a 2009 alum, said that he did not want to come out while attending Cheatham County Central High.
"The guys that were out and gay, they were always ridiculed," he said. "To me, I never saw any punishment."