Phillip Parker, 14, died last week, the victim of an apparent suicide. He was gay and he lived in Gordonsville, Tennessee. He was also another victim in the ever-rising number of bullied students in school systems across the states. He said he had a rock on his chest that he just wanted to lift so he could breathe…
While he has passed and will be remembered as another of the wrongly killed students of our time, he has sparked something in me and others alike. We want to lift that rock from his chest – let him breathe freely without others freely bullying students like him.
Recently, the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill was brought back up for vote. If you’re not familiar with the bill then you can read up on it http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2011/apr/21/dont-say-gay-bill-clears-senate-panel
Now if this is passed then the teaching/discussion of anything other than heterosexual issues in grades K-8 would be unlawful. This is a major setback to anyone determining their own sexuality. It might as well be saying that anyone in grades K-8 who thinks that they may be gay or bisexual should hide it from everyone.
If you think this is wrong, please speak out – at the very least for Phillip.
My thoughts go out to his family and know that his spirit lives on through myself and those alike -