Cheatham County students mourn loss o...

Cheatham County students mourn loss of classmate

There are 14 comments on the The Tennessean story from Dec 6, 2011, titled Cheatham County students mourn loss of classmate. In it, The Tennessean reports that:

One friend of senior Jacob Rogers told a Nashville television station that she believes he committed suicide because he was tired of constant bullying.

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#1 Dec 10, 2011
The bullies are just monsters!

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#3 Dec 10, 2011
Norris wrote:
What did a sissy kill himself? Oh well.
You must be one of those people that love to hate gays and obsess over it.

“Ill Bill's the Best”

Since: Oct 11

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#4 Dec 10, 2011
equalityboy81 wrote:
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You must be one of those people that love to hate gays and obsess over it.
This is such a tragedy. It's unfortunate that the young man felt that there were no alternatives to taking his own life. I feel for his family greatly. There was another Cheatham County student who committed suicide not too terribly long ago due to bullying. It is time for the school systems to enact tougher consequences for bullying.

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#5 Dec 10, 2011
charlie_Girl wrote:
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This is such a tragedy. It's unfortunate that the young man felt that there were no alternatives to taking his own life. I feel for his family greatly. There was another Cheatham County student who committed suicide not too terribly long ago due to bullying. It is time for the school systems to enact tougher consequences for bullying.
Did the other "bullycide" make the news, if not, I'm surprised it didn't. I hope they'll touch on that subject too while talking about this case. Apparently the school has a major issue if there have been two suicides from students that go there.

“Ill Bill's the Best”

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#6 Dec 11, 2011
equalityboy81 wrote:
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Did the other "bullycide" make the news, if not, I'm surprised it didn't. I hope they'll touch on that subject too while talking about this case. Apparently the school has a major issue if there have been two suicides from students that go there.
Actually, he was a student of a different Cheatham County school, not Cheatham Central. I'm not sure if it made the news or not. I am aware through local residents and students. The media is often hesitant to report on suicide. I think that the school system's rules regarding bullying were sufficient for addressing the issue 10 years ago, but times have changed and the policies need to evolve.

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#7 Dec 11, 2011
charlie_Girl wrote:
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Actually, he was a student of a different Cheatham County school, not Cheatham Central. I'm not sure if it made the news or not. I am aware through local residents and students. The media is often hesitant to report on suicide. I think that the school system's rules regarding bullying were sufficient for addressing the issue 10 years ago, but times have changed and the policies need to evolve.
They were never sufficient enough to protect LGBT students anywhere in the U.S. especially not 12-20 years ago compared to the present. Gays were always at high risk for being bullied and still are and strangely in some places it's getting worse for them. In southern states like TN and Texas I can imagine it's like a horror movie for gay students. I blame anti-gay politicians too because their bigotry influences the parents and then the children.

“Ill Bill's the Best”

Since: Oct 11

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#8 Dec 11, 2011
equalityboy81 wrote:
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They were never sufficient enough to protect LGBT students anywhere in the U.S. especially not 12-20 years ago compared to the present. Gays were always at high risk for being bullied and still are and strangely in some places it's getting worse for them. In southern states like TN and Texas I can imagine it's like a horror movie for gay students. I blame anti-gay politicians too because their bigotry influences the parents and then the children.
Yes, you are right. Gays have always been a target, as has the overweight, and the socially awkward. However, as discipline has diminished within the American household, I believe that the intensity of bullying has increased due to the lack of boundaries that our youth are required to observe at home. When I was in high school, there was name calling and some hazing that occurred, but I think todays attacks are more violent, degrading, and constant.

While tolerance of individual differences has increased, social and moral limitations have declined. That was my point. The magnitude of the problem was not as great when I was school because being homosexual was still quite taboo and the “do unto others” theory was still taught, if not at home, at school. Teens are more open about their sexuality these days and parents and teachers are not as involved with the individual child as they were then. Television is frequently what teaches our children social behavior today and that has consequences.
The mayor

Birmingham, AL

#9 Dec 11, 2011
My daughter is gay and she just graduated from high school where most people thought a girl girl relationship was cool. How crazy is that? Seems to be trendy for girls.
Hey CG

Nashville, TN

#10 Dec 11, 2011
charlie_Girl wrote:
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This is such a tragedy. It's unfortunate that the young man felt that there were no alternatives to taking his own life. I feel for his family greatly. There was another Cheatham County student who committed suicide not too terribly long ago due to bullying. It is time for the school systems to enact tougher consequences for bullying.
Gays have their own system of bullying others. I am a white hetrosexual male who suffered from a black homosexual male who bullied me everyday by accusing me of being a cohort of Anit Bryant during the late 70's. He made my life hell. He tried to get me killed. White hetrosexual males are the only citizens in this nation with no special legal protections or legal rights. What is up with that?
Hey Mayor

Nashville, TN

#11 Dec 11, 2011
The mayor wrote:
My daughter is gay and she just graduated from high school where most people thought a girl girl relationship was cool. How crazy is that? Seems to be trendy for girls.
Thank feminism. Eventually she will learn that you are a member of the oppressive patriarchy and she will be trained/indoctrinated to hate you. This has been happening for decades. What will you do if she claims you abused, sexually assaulted, assaulted, raped, molested or oppressed her? Hint; There is little you can do. She has a vagina so she can claim victimhood and be believed over you.

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#12 Dec 11, 2011
Hey CG wrote:
<quoted text>Gays have their own system of bullying others. I am a white hetrosexual male who suffered from a black homosexual male who bullied me everyday by accusing me of being a cohort of Anit Bryant during the late 70's. He made my life hell. He tried to get me killed. White hetrosexual males are the only citizens in this nation with no special legal protections or legal rights. What is up with that?
If true, your situation is rare if not unique. But you are wrong that white heterosexuals aren't protected. Hate crime enhancements for race treat you the same as all other racial classifications. Sexual orientation also includes you as a heterosexual. You are covered under both race and sexual orientation, though hate crime enhancements address motivation of the perpetrator, rather than relying on the class of the victim. White heterosexuals are rarely targeted for crime for being either white or heterosexual, but the same rules apply.

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#13 Dec 11, 2011
Hey Mayor wrote:
<quoted text>Thank feminism. Eventually she will learn that you are a member of the oppressive patriarchy and she will be trained/indoctrinated to hate you. This has been happening for decades. What will you do if she claims you abused, sexually assaulted, assaulted, raped, molested or oppressed her? Hint; There is little you can do. She has a vagina so she can claim victimhood and be believed over you.
Your understanding of feminism is twisted at best. Feminism is about being all you can be, not oppressing others.

“Ill Bill's the Best”

Since: Oct 11

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#14 Dec 11, 2011
Hey CG wrote:
<quoted text>Gays have their own system of bullying others. I am a white hetrosexual male who suffered from a black homosexual male who bullied me everyday by accusing me of being a cohort of Anit Bryant during the late 70's. He made my life hell. He tried to get me killed. White hetrosexual males are the only citizens in this nation with no special legal protections or legal rights. What is up with that?
White heterosexual males are still the majority in all aspects of society. All people are capable of bullying and being bullied, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, or any stereotype; with reason or without reason. It's unfortunate that you were bullied, but that does not mean that white heterosexual men are more of a target or less protected than anyone else.

The race and gender specific protected classes apply in the workforce. The reason they are in place is because white heterosexual males are still in charge, making anti-discrimination laws a necessary step in our journey to equality for all.

“Ill Bill's the Best”

Since: Oct 11

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#15 Dec 11, 2011
Hey Mayor wrote:
<quoted text>Thank feminism. Eventually she will learn that you are a member of the oppressive patriarchy and she will be trained/indoctrinated to hate you. This has been happening for decades. What will you do if she claims you abused, sexually assaulted, assaulted, raped, molested or oppressed her? Hint; There is little you can do. She has a vagina so she can claim victimhood and be believed over you.
Wow. Feminism has yet to even create equality for women, although it has brought us closer. Women have been oppressed throughout history and it still occurs today. I know because I experience it regularly. Women are still viewed as the weaker sex, in spite of the fact that we have proven ourselves time and time again.

Even though I know that women are still discriminated against, I refuse to adopt the woe-is-me mentality. I find it much more productive to focus my effort towards proving my value and abilities. Words do very little to affect change, however, results derived from action cannot be denied. I realize that the only way that I can impact another person’s way of thinking is for my behavior to contradict the stereotype. This approach has worked for me thus far in life.

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