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Asher Brown Suicide: Parents Speak Out Against Bullying (Watch)!

By AAyles on September 30th, 2010

Asher Brown was a 13-year-old boy who, like most young boys, enjoyed reading, playing outside and hanging out with his dad. His mom said he seemed sad and withdrawn in the months leading up to his suicide this week and most of his sadness was contributed to bullying at school.

Asher’s parents say that their son was bullied at school for countless reasons. In addition to being gay, their son was bullied for being small, not wearing name-brand clothing, not using iPods and choosing to read instead of listening to music. “He wasn’t interested in those things,” said his parents in an interview with CNN today. “We could have bought it for him, we asked him if he wanted them and he said no, there are more important things.”

Asher shot himself in the head after almost 2 years of bullying. He told his parenst he was gay the morning of his death.

The young boy’s parents are speaking out in hopes of raising awareness to issues like bullying in schools. They insist they reported the issue to Asher’s school but the school denies any reports of bullying with Asher, or any other student in the school.

Suicide as a result of bullying in teens and young children is becoming more and more of a problem. In the last 3 weeks, 3 young boys (Asher, Tyler Clementi and Seth Walsh) have committed suicide as a result of bullying.

If you think your child may be a victim of bullying, talk to them and take appropriate actions.

“Please if you have children that you think may be bullied, if they seem sad or withdrawn and you ask questions and they say ‘I’m fine’ push past that. Push past the ‘I’m fine,’” says Asher’s mom in the exclusive interview. “It’s extremely important. These kids are worried about retribution for speaking up. Not only speaking up for themselves but for their friends that are getting picked on.”

3 boys in 3 weeks. When will this end?

Jawa Donates to Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Lock Up Program

Wireless News September 30, 2010

Wireless News 09-30-2010 Jawa Donates to Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Lock Up Program Type: News

Jawa, a software and interactive media firm, announced its participation in the Muscular Dystrophy Association Lock Up, a fundraising event in which local community leaders are “arrested” and put in an MDA jail for having a big heart.

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides health care and support services, advocacy and education.

Two Jawa staff members were nominated to go behind bars for the September 22 Lock Up event and posted maximum bail, courtesy of Jawa. The bail money will help send Phoenix-area kids affected by neuromuscular disease to special MDA summer camps where they can fish, swim, horseback ride and play baseball, among other activities. website muscular dystrophy association this web site muscular dystrophy association

Jawa’s donation to the MDA will be part of its employee-driven philanthropy program, Jawa Gives, which allows employees to nominate individual charities that have positively affected their lives to receive a donation; a different charity being selected each month. The MDA was nominated by an employee whose brother is affected by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and who has spent much time volunteering for the organization.

“The opportunity to participate in the MDA Lock Up is an honor and I couldn’t be prouder that Jawa and its employees have the reputation of being service leaders in our community,” said Jawa CEO, Jason Hope.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Phoenix joins a group of organizations that have received donations through Jawa Gives. Most recently, Jawa has donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, the Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter, Phoenix Zoo, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Desert Mountain States Chapter, Donor Network of Arizona and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix.

((Comments on this story may be sent to newsdesk@closeupmedia.com))

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  • Bill

    So very sad.

    I can only ask to heterosexuals: Is it worth it?

    Is it? Is all the pain and harm you cause to your gay children worth the boost to your own self-esteem and the false sense of superiority that you hold over them?

    Is it worth it?

    Morality indeed.

  • thadeouszeus

    Suicide attempts among homosexuals are six times greater than the average. (Remafedi et al. 1998).

    Bullying is a minor issue in the cases of suicide – almost a non factor. the homosexual community has overlooked the serious issues of the mental health in favor of striving to gain political acceptance. Attention must be giving to the mental health of Gays as a whole if they want to reduce the number of suicides.

  • Lily

    Christ he was just a baby…. thats so sad. My heart goes out to his family.

  • http://www.dosmanzanas.com/2010/09/tres-nuevos-suicidios-de-adolescentes-gays-en-estados-unidos-engrosan-la-larga-lista-de-victimas-del-acoso-homofobico.html Dos manzanas: Tres nuevos suicidios de adolescentes gays en Estados Unidos engrosan la larga lista de víctimas del acoso homofóbico

    [...] era un chaval de 13 años, que al parecer llevaba sufriendo acoso homofóbico desde hacía un par de años. No era el único motivo de acoso, según su familia, que llevaba varios meses viéndole [...]

  • Monica

    Now the question is: Why would a 13-year-old boy have access to a gun??

  • elana

    My point exactly, what the heck was a young teen doing with access to a gun? Parents really need to pay more attention to what’s going on in their children’s lives instead of ignoring them. For God’s sakes, spend fifteen minutes just talking to them instead of checking FaceBook or Twitter five hundred times. And never, EVER leave a gun or dangerous weapon out for a child to have access to. Unload it and lock it up.

  • http://www.gaylgbt.com/blog/gay-rights/change/2010/10/lessons-from-a-mom-who-lost-her-son-to-anti-gay-bullying/ Lessons from a Mom Who Lost Her Son to Anti-Gay Bullying | GayLGBT.com

    [...] night, the parents of one of these students, Asher Brown, appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 (AC360). It’s a heartbreaking segment, but the message they have for other parents, as well [...]

  • http://thehostess.wordpress.com/2010/10/01/whats-it-like-to-be-a-gay-teen/ What’s It Like to Be a Gay Teen « The Outskirts

    [...] option. And he’s not the only one. This month alone gay teens Justin Aaberg, Billy Lucas, and Asher Brown all killed themselves because they were harassed, belittled, humiliated—or [...]

  • http://lesbicanarias.es/2010/10/01/acoso-escolar-hay-una-luz-al-final-del-camino/ Acoso escolar hay una luz al final del camino | Lesbicanarias

    [...] pudiéramos decir que son ejemplos aquí y allá pero lo cierto es que también está Billy Lucas y Asher Brown y los cientos y cientos de chicos y chicas más al año que se quitan la vida por este motivo sin [...]

  • http://www.defamer.com.au/2010/10/whats-it-like-to-be-a-gay-teen/ What’s It Like To Be A Gay Teen | Defamer Australia

    [...] option. And he’s not the only one. This month alone gay teens Justin Aaberg, Billy Lucas and Asher Brown all killed themselves because they were harassed, belittled, humiliated – or [...]

  • Liz Ditz

    In addition to LGBTQ youth, the neurodiverse (children with autism, ADHD or learning disabilities) are routinely bullied in k-12 classrooms.

    The mother of a child with autism, who was bullied so severely he withdrew from school, has started a new effort.

    http://endthebullying.wordpress.com/

    End the Bullying uses its blog, a Facebook page, and Twitter to build a grassroots base of a grassroots base of people who are willing to provide support and insight for children who experience bullying and for their parents. Our hope is to provide resources via the Internet and, when needed, locally, for children and families who are experiencing bullying, especially when the authorities are not handling the situation as they should.

    In news stories about bullying, especially when it has led to suicide, parents note that they repeatedly tried to contact school administrators or other authorities, only to be ignored. Many families whose stories do not make the news also attest to this cycle of nonresponsiveness. End the Bullying focuses on identifying people across the United States who can serve as contacts and facilitators for parents and children whose complaints are not being heard.

  • Karastyn Schrader

    this is extremely sad, my heart goes out to this family and to the families who have all gone through this, that video with the mom and step dad talking made me cryy, im bisexual and i finally came out about it, and i accept it, i was always bullied to where i was put in a hospital for depression and wanted to kill myself had a plan and everything, i’m glad i didn’t, thanx to the rockford hospital and my counselor, so my parents homeschooled me, it’s not always good taking your kid out of school, but for me it helped a lot, i don’t have to deal with as much bullying and i’m happier now than i was in my school, that school that little boy went too is redicilious, i’m sooo sorry to hear about your son!

  • http://cityschoolstories.com/2010/10/26/491/ Reflections:Then and Now « City School Stories

    [...] Asher Brown recently committed suicide.  He was thirteen years old. He shot himself in the head with his stepfather’s gun.  According to media reports, he was relentlessly bullied and tormented by other students in his school.  Earlier in the day on which he died, he had told his parents that he was gay. [...]

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