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Another 11-year-old takes own life
2009-05-01

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Another 11-year-old has committed suicide as a result of gay slurs he received in school. According to the Washington Blade, Georgia student Jaheem Herrera hanged himself in his closet with a cloth belt April 16; Herrera's mother, Masika Bermudez, and other parents said children at the school taunted Herrera daily and called him "gay." Recently, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover—who was bullied for months at his school in Springfield, Mass., even though he did not identify as gay—killed himself.

Regarding Herrera, DeKalb County ( Ga. ) school officials have started their own internal investigation, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The system's review, Superintendent Crawford Lewis said, will take place at the same time as talks that DeKalb District Attorney Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming plans to have with parents and educators involved in the case.


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