Real Life Story: Kenneth Weishuhn Jr. 1997-2012

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Kenneth Weishuhn, a gay high school freshman from Paullina, Iowa, took his own life after being bullied by classmates at school and online, and with death threats by phone.

The bullying began with an anti-gay Facebook group, created by Kenneth’s classmates. His mother, Jeannie Chambers, said she knew her son was being harassed, and said that her son told her, “Mom, you don’t know how it feels to be hated.”

According to his sister Kayla, the abuse that started after he “came out” was from people he had trusted: “People that were originally his friends, they kind of turned on him. A lot of people, they either joined in or were too scared to say anything.”

Cyberbullying, suicide
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