Monday, April 27, 2009

Eleven-year-old Jaheem was hanging by his belt in his closet

My bullied son's last day on Earth

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Eleven-year-old Jaheem Herrera woke up on April 16 acting strangely. He wasn't hungry and he didn't want to go to school.

Jaheem Herrera's mother thinks he hanged himself because he was perpetually bullied at school.

But the outgoing fifth grader packed his bag and went to school at Dunaire Elementary School in DeKalb County, Georgia.

He came home much happier than when he left in the morning, smiling as he handed his mother, Masika Bermudez, a glowing report card full of A's and B's. She gave him a high-five and he went upstairs to his room as she prepared dinner.

A little later, when his younger sister called him to come down to eat, Jaheem didn't answer.

So mother and daughter climbed the stairs to Jaheem's room and opened the door.

Jaheem was hanging by his belt in the closet.

"I always used to see these things on TV, dead people on the news," says Bermudez. "I saw somebody die and to see this dead person is your son, hanging there, a young boy. ... To hang yourself like that, you've got to really be tired of something."

Bermudez says bullies at school pushed Jaheem over the edge. He complained about being called gay, ugly and "the virgin" because he was from the Virgin Islands, she said. Read more

  • Jaheem Herrera, 11, was frustrated with bullies calling him "gay" and "the virgin"
  • Boy came home happy, then mother, sisters found him hanging by belt in closet
  • Mother says she believe son killed himself because nobody was helping
  • Mom: "I lost my son and now something has to be done"

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Previously posted:

11-Year-Old Hangs Himself after Enduring Daily Anti-Gay Bullying

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

Calls on Schools, Nation to Embrace Solutions to Bullying Problem

NEW YORK, April 9, 2009 - An 11-year-old Massachusetts boy, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, hung himself Monday after enduring bullying at school, including daily taunts of being gay, despite his mother's weekly pleas to the school to address the problem. This is at least the fourth suicide of a middle-school aged child linked to bullying this year. Read more

LONDON (AP) — Roman Catholic leaders are out of step with ordinary believers in their attitude toward homosexuals, former Prime Minister Tony Blair said in an interview published Wednesday. 

Blair, who formally converted to Catholicism in 2007, said he believes there is a big generational difference on the issue, and that ordinary Catholics are more liberal-minded than their leaders. Read more                                                     Photo   

Even Tony Blair a world leader is dismissed by a smug arrogant smile of indifference in front of a portrait of Benedict XVI.  

Leader of Catholic Church dismisses Tony Blair's gay rights comments

The next leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has dismissed Tony Blair's comments over gay rights in the Church. 

Archbishop Nichols told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "Mr Blair is a very fine politician and he has got very well-tuned political senses."But I am afraid the way the Catholic Church thinks is rather different to that and I think I will take my guide from Pope Benedict actually." Read More

Tony Blair receives the same treatment that the thousands of victims of child sexual abuse had received from the hierarchy for decades who were asking for justice and to stop the harm. Once, again Vatican and its hierarchy show a total disregard for humanity in favor of their own traditions. This remained so until with the use of the Internet and the strength of the human spirit to right the wrongs brought the hierarchy down to justice and it looks like it will have to happen again for the safety and well being of protecting children. Effie Malley a senior prevention specialist at the National Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC). She is one of the authors of SPRC’s Suicide Risk and Prevention for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth. She works with federal grantees, advising them on youth suicide prevention and early. Effie Malley will be speaking at the upcoming 42nd Annual conference of the American Association of Suicidology, April 15-18, 2009 in San Francisco.

(IV. ERRONEOUS JUDGMENT - - 1791 This ignorance can often be imputed to personal responsibility. This is the  case when a man "takes little  trouble to find out what is true and good, or when conscience is by degrees almost blinded through the habit of committing sin." In such cases, the person is culpable for the evil he commits.)  CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH 

Posted April 21st, 2009 by Wayne Besen

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By Jim Muir
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