Monday, April 23, 2012

In the heart of America

In a rather extraordinary move, today (Sunday US time) the Sioux City (Iowa) Journal published a front page editorial entitled: “OUR OPINION: We must stop bullying. It starts here. And it starts now.” A picture of that front page accompanies this post.

Kenneth Weishuhn of Sioux City was 14 when he killed himself last week. It came after relentless bullying after he came out as gay. Kenneth was reportedly “a kind-hearted, fun-loving teenage boy, always looking to make others smile,” but once he came out, former friends shunned him and students at his high school continued to bully and harass him until he felt death was his only way out.

This story happens throughout the US, of course, but few newspapers are willing to stand up for what’s right, to take on the anti-gay industry and the churches and demand an end to bullying. Actually, they don’t do it at all, let alone on the front page. That’s what makes this so unique—and worth mentioning.

Well done, Sioux City Journal!

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