This is an excerpt from an article by Dana Chivvis at Aol News. You can read the full post at Aol News.
“Several of the kids that we talked to broke down into tears,” Jeff Kermode, Tehachapi, Calif., police chief, told NBC affiliate KGET. “They had never expected an outcome such as this.”
Walsh died on Monday after eight days on life support. He hanged himself from a tree in his backyard on Sept. 19.
Walsh’s school, Jacobsen Middle School, has an anti-bullying program, but students told KGET that Walsh was never offered any help.
“He was different. He knew he was different,” Walsh’s mother, Judy Walsh, told the Tehachapi News. “He was a very loving boy, very kind. He had a beautiful smile. He liked fashion, his friends, talking on the phone. He was artistic and very bright.”
Walsh was at least the third teenager this month to kill himself after enduring bullying for his perceived sexual orientation.
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