Kameron Jacobsen (1996 – 2011)

Kameron Jacobsen RIP 1/18/2011

14-year-old  Kameron Jacobsen committed suicide January 18, 2011.  Kameron was in his first year at Monroe Woodbury High School.

A community in Orange Country, N.Y., is in mourning and in shock after a 14-year-old freshman took his own life and Facebook bullying may have pushed him over the edge.

Sources said that Kameron Jacobsen of Monroe Woodbury High School was tormented by Facebook bullies who taunted him about what they thought was his sexual orientation.

The reporter goes on to note the fact that Kameron is still being homophobically attacked on Facebook following his death.

For Jacobsen’s family, the grief is beyond measure. Even with his death, online entries still sting. His older sister, Kierten, pleaded that people stop writing “rest in peace” entries and posting personal information about her baby brother.

The ongoing hate and verbal violence is horrible but it should be unsurprising.  A few deaths back I was noting how Samantha Kelly and Tyler Clementi’s lives and deaths were mocked and ridiculed online immediately following the news of their suicides.

Hell we have federal government education officials like Virginia Fox  who openly mock or ridicule the murder of a queer youth.  

The violent and hateful norms of civil discourse in our society bubble up from the bottom and trickle down from the top.  Somehow those of us suffocating in the middle have got to force a change in what sort of language and ideas will be tolerated with regard to human lives.

HT Towleroad

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2 responses to “Kameron Jacobsen (1996 – 2011)

  1. Lisa

    As usual my heart breaks, my ire raises, and my feeling of impotence overwhelms. You are correct that change has to come from those” suffocating in the middle” but sometimes I don’t even know where to begin.

  2. Julia

    A friend and I have been talking about the art of radical love a lot lately. I guess MLK day got a lot of us thinking more deeply again about how we construct our communities, how we see a stranger, how we build our hopes in the face of violence and intolerance. I guess that is my place for beginning right now.