I’m not saying he was a gay kid, because he never said he was a gay kid.
He was just different. And taunted and bullied for being different.
So, finally, Billy Lucas had enough, and the fifteen-year-old boy….take a moment and say it again….slowly….fifteen….year….old………boy….took his own life rather than continue to be ridiculed and bullied.
Students at Greensburg High School say it was common knowledge that kids bullied Billy Lucas, and they said it was getting worse. So bad, in fact, that last week Billy Lucas’ mother found him dead in the barn.
He’d hung himself.
“People would call him ‘fag’ and stuff like that, just make fun of him because he’s different basically,” said student Dillen Swango. “They said stuff like ‘you’re like a piece of crap’ and ‘you don’t deserve to live.’ Different things like that. Talked about how he was gay or whatever.”
And, that of course, being gay, doesn’t deserve to live.
Greensburg High School Principal, Phil Chapple, doesn’t deny that students are bullied in his school, but he says he didn’t know Billy was one of the victims. “We were not aware of that situation,” he said.
Well, guess what, Prinicpal Chapple, it’s your job to be aware of that situation, because it affects all of your students. How dare you casually say that you know bullying goes on? How dare you act like it’s just kids being kids?
And then killing themselves.
See, Principal Chapple, on a memorial page created to honor the all-too-short life of Billy Lucas, it seems that many people knew he was being bullied and ridiculed and taunted because he was assumed to be gay. How is it that so many other people knew, yet you had no idea?
“We’re discussing where we are going. Where we are looking to establish a committee,” said Principal Chapple.
Yes, start a committee, have a few discussions, and then go back to business as usual until another kid gets bullied to death.
Wake up, people.
This shouldn’t be happening.