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Bullied High School Senior Takes His Life Over Gay Bullying

Posted by Mark Snyder on December 19, 2011 at 10:05 AM

A Tennessee teenager on the crest of finishing his school career took his own life recently over what others say was relentless bullying.  Jacob Rogers was called gay and queer, all of the common names that sting young males the hardest, to the point where he said that he "didn't want to go back [to school]".

Articles on Jacob's death have been interestingly dominated by Christian right publications as the event took place deep in the bible belt, and seems rash with religious overtones.  Two reports provide two different perspectives, here on the Huffington Post and here on the local NBC affiliate.

According to a friend of Jacob's, "Jacob told me no one was helping him. He constantly was going to guidance.".  But others say the school did nothing to help the situation, though the schools' burden of responsibility remains under investigation.

Bullying in "Christian environments" can create additional elements of worry and stress for teens who simultaneous hold strong religious beliefs but are confronted with biblical mandates that what they perceive their sexuality to be, will condemn them.  Some are calling for a tweaking of Christianity, others for reinterpretation of the biblical scriptures against certain 'acts', and yet others hold fast to biblical mandates which appear both in the old and new testament.

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