One year ago on April 6th Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover took his own life…

This Facebook page has information on commemorating his death today.
The page posts the following message from his mother:

MESSAGE FROM CARL’S MOTHER, Sirdeaner Walker:

One year ago Tuesday, my son Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover brought his life to an end after enduring relentless harassment and cruel bullying at school.

It is difficult to put into words what it feels like to remember that terrible day. But it is not difficult at all to do something positive in Carl’s memory.

That is why I hope you will join me in taking a moment from your busy day to reflect on Carl’s life and his tragic suicide – and to remember that bullying in schools has very serious and life-threatening consequences.

GLSEN has an action page for The Safe Schools Improvement Act (H.R. 2262)
Go to that link to find the information necessary to contact your congressperson and ask them to support this important bill. 

This bill will require schools to implement comprehensive policies to protect all students from bullying and harassment, and provides them with tools and resources to focus on effective prevention strategies. It also requires that schools maintain and report data regarding the incidents of bullying and harassment that occur.

And really while you’re at it you could put in a good word for the Student Non-Discrimination Act: H. R. 4350 that would protect Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) students by establishing a comprehensive Federal prohibition of discrimination in public schools based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity and provide victims with meaningful and effective remedies.

Because the homophobic torture Carl faced due to his  “perceived sexual orientation” was and is horrifying and we really need to teach our children something new.

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