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Gay Teen Jeffrey Fehr Commits Suicide

18-year-old Jeffrey Fehr killed himself near Sacramento, California on New Year’s Day. He was bullied because of his sexuality.

The Sacramento Bee has the story:

In the early hours of New Year’s Day, Jeffrey hanged himself in the front entrance to his family’s home in a tony Granite Bay neighborhood. He was 18 years old.

Since that day, his parents have searched their hearts and minds for answers. Though Jeffrey, who was gay, had recently ended a relationship and had been treated for depression, they believe something more insidious put him on the path toward suicide. They are convinced that a lifetime of taunts and bullying contributed to his decision to take his own life.

“We will second-guess ourselves forever,” his father said. “But we do know that for years and years, people knocked him down for being different. It damaged him. It wore on him. He could never fully believe how wonderful he was, and how many people loved him.”

Despite an increase in positive images of gay people in the mass media, from contestants in reality programs like “Project Runway” to sitcoms like “Modern Family,” bullying of gay youths remains rampant. Nine out of 10 gay and bisexual students report harassment at school, according to the Trevor Project, a crisis intervention group. Gay and bisexual youths are four times more likely than their heterosexual peers to try suicide.

Read the full story via THE SACRAMENTO BEE