Wednesday, September 21, 2011

What Happened To The Boy Who Said, "It Only Gets Better"?

What happened? 
What happened to drive 
you beyond the security 
of you friends' words and 
family's love?
What happened to push you to the rock bottom? 
What happened to the boy 
that was able to write about it 
day after day, 
who said, "it only gets better"? 
What happened? 

Was it the ignorance? 
Was it the words that were thrown at you 
from all directions, 
piercing you like daggers 
until it reached your very 
Was it the people who failed 
to take a stand and 
stop it; 
the crowds of people who just 
stood and stared? 
Was it the ignorance? 

What if I was there? 
Would I have been able 
to stop you? 
Would I have been able to hug you, 
reassure you that you weren't alone, 
that you would be able to cope with it? 
Would you have lived? 

But it's too late 
to ask questions now. 

For those of you who haven't heard, a 14 year old gay boy who was teased and taunted mercilessly committed suicide very recently. Here's a link if you'd like to read more about it, and watch the video he posted earlier this year: 
Reflecting upon this, I realize this is a tragedy that could've easily prevented, if people took notice and took action. Instead, this boy was left alone to fight off a relentless attack of insults, and eventually felt that life was not worth living. I am ashamed for those who didn't take a stand when they could, for those who let this pass by without notice and those who kept on saying and doing hurtful things. So please, if you ever have the chance to stop bullying of any kind, whether it's about sexual orientation, gender, race, etc. DO IT. Maybe you'll prevent something like this from happening ever again.

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