Once popular kid, friends turn against him after he comes out
Kenneth Weishuhn Jr. (14) was a bright teen with a hopeful future. After coming out, however, some of his friends became ruthless bullies. They sent him death threats on his cell phone and subjected him to the terror of a Facebook hate group. His sister Kayla, says: “People that were originally his friends, they kind of turned on him.” When people began bullying him, she adds: “A lot of people, they either joined in or they were too scared to say anything.”
Shortly before his death, Kenneth said: “Mom, you don’t know how it feels to be hated.” One comment on his Facebook memorial site reads: “I hate to think of what he must have gone through to decide suicide was his only option. I hope and pray all of these bullies
feel responsible for what happened.” The sad reality is that many times they do not — the bullying sometimes continues after death. Prosecution will increasingly be the only way to curb anti-gay bullying. One of Kenneth’s favorite quotes was be buddies, not bullies.
Kenneth’s family is left to grieve and ask endless questions. His mother breaks down: “Why you were so beautiful, you had so much to offer, why?” Jesus, comfort them…
Kenneth Weishuhn — 14 years old
Primghar (IA) — Died April 14, 2012
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