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Bullied Gay Teen Hangs Himself in Oregon Schoolyard: VIDEO


A tragic story out of La Grande, Oregon, where 15-year-old Jadin Bell has been taken off of life support after hanging himself in a schoolyard last week, KOMO News reports:

Dozens of people came together last week in La Grande in a vigil for Jadin, trying to understand what drove him to despair nine days ago. He came to the playground of Central Elementary School in La Grande. He climbed on a play structure and hanged himself. Someone passing by tried to rescue him. He was brought to Portland and Doernbecher Children's Hospital where he was put on life support.

Hill says Jadin was pushed to suicide after being bullied in person and on the Internet for being gay.

"He was different, and they tend to pick on the different ones," Hill said.

Hill says Jadin asked his parents to home school him. He feared turning in the bullies would make things worse. But he had found the courage, recently.

Watch KOMO's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. For the record, La Grande is a very small town in eastern Oregon; it is nowhere near Portland, which is a far more liberal and inclusive community.

    Posted by: Scott | Jan 29, 2013 3:13:55 PM

  2. So sad! My heart goes out to his surviving friends and family <3

    Posted by: Michael Heynz | Jan 29, 2013 3:14:28 PM

  3. Terrible story.
    Headline correction: This happened in La Grande, Ore., 260 miles east of Portland. It's a small town.

    Posted by: RJ | Jan 29, 2013 3:15:26 PM

  4. @Scott,

    And your point is what? That it is this young man's fault for being gay and being in that community? It is his fault for being bullied by people who learned to hate?

    This young man felt that his only recourse to deal with the bullying was to kill himself and you blame him. How sick can you be?

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Jan 29, 2013 3:18:42 PM

  5. Oh no! Why these young people don't find any help? So very sad. (I wonder what people, who bullied him are thinking now?)

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jan 29, 2013 3:20:16 PM

  6. too much pain and isolation

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 29, 2013 3:20:18 PM


    SCOTT was simply letting us know that Jadin lived in a small town in a conservative part of Oregon. I don't see how you interpreted his comment the way you did.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 29, 2013 3:24:10 PM

  8. Phoenix, you know that's not what he meant. Scott's comment wasn't placing blame. This is tragic and your allegations do nothing to help.

    Posted by: K | Jan 29, 2013 3:24:58 PM

  9. Phoenix Justice, I think you completely misread what Scott was saying. Save your outrage for things that matter, like the death of this poor kid.

    Posted by: ger | Jan 29, 2013 3:27:07 PM

  10. 7 teen suicides in one town over the span of a few months. 2 teens dead by suicide in one town over the span of three months.

    What's going to be done? Nothing.

    Growing up as gay in a small town w/out out gay role models to look up to or any gay community to associate in, is simply absolute hell. Why does it take a gay child dying, heck, any child DYING, for people to start realizing that bullying is a serious issue that needs to be taken care of and to step in and empower and support the child being bullied? Not blaming the parents at all but we see over and over and over that this bullying is constant and not enough is proactively done, until these children die.

    And it's no coincidence essentially all of these suicides by young LGBT kids and suicides in general are in small towns and/or socially conservative areas. Cultures where conformity is expected and promoted and if you don't conform 100% you're ostracized are the absolute worst places to grow up because there truly are very few places to turn.

    Just heartbreaking. Tragic. Only 15 years old. RIP Jadin.

    Posted by: Francis | Jan 29, 2013 3:29:37 PM

  11. Portland and LaGrande are hundreds of miles away from each other physically and much, much further away culturally. Anyway, consider consulting a map before writing about any western state...

    Posted by: Todd | Jan 29, 2013 3:30:39 PM

  12. Sad, sad, sad. This is why I feel that it's so important for gay adults to come out of the closet and be visible. The more visible we are, the more these homophobic pigs will have to deal with us and the more role models young kids like this will have. Gay people have a responsibility to come out - PERIOD. So sick of reading sh1t like this. How many more times is this going to happen? And why the fvck aren't schools preventing this sh1t???

    Posted by: So sad | Jan 29, 2013 3:32:17 PM

  13. Scott and Todd... That should make NO difference. I understand the reasoning. But we still have a kid who's in this state. I have family a town over from LaGrande and I understand the backwards culture...truthfully, it INFURIATES me...but it is no excuse.

    Posted by: Pdxblueyeses | Jan 29, 2013 3:33:17 PM

  14. "I wonder what people, who bullied him are thinking now?"

    Sad thing is that most bullies are sadistic evil people, so they probably couldn't care less.

    Posted by: So sad | Jan 29, 2013 3:34:28 PM

  15. absolutely shattering. far too many young people are being stifled by a bigoted culture that seeks to protect the bullies more than their victims.
    for so long we have been losing our young as they take their hopes and dreams and hang them on the end of a noose.

    ""He was different, and they tend to pick on the different ones," Hill said."

    Too true. Young kids with targets on their backs. I'm sure there are a lot of us reading this who know exactly what that was like, and in many cases still is like, and have utterly been in this young man's place.

    the heart aches.

    Help Out, Come Out, adults.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 29, 2013 3:35:45 PM

  16. Where are the gay adults in these small towns, conservatives areas? Where are the straight supporters, straight allies? I honestly partially I won't say blame them, but I don't think they are doing their part to protect the youth in these areas. I know a lot of them are scared for their own lives but clearly the only way to create change is to be the change, and the gay adults and straights in these communities who say they're pro-equality..............what are they doing to push change?

    We saw in Vicco, Kentucky, last week, that change and progress is realistic and that, even in smaller, conservative towns, acceptance is possible, when they passed a discrimination ordinance. Some people blame the gay community at large for these suicides or Dan Savage, but we/they can't be everywhere. People in these communities need to start standing up for standing up for gay youth, and kids in general. You're either part of the solution or you're not.

    Posted by: Francis | Jan 29, 2013 3:37:24 PM

  17. What Derrick from Philly said. And the bullying, being mocked and laughed at. The kid probably developed serious mental health issues. We don't know what mental health issues Jadin had. Maybe he was even taking psychotropic drugs like SSRIs which really do adversely effect teens and young adults pretty significantly. It's a complex picture.

    I will say in this day and age it is considerably easier for kids his age in many ways, especially due to the information revolution and internet.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 29, 2013 3:39:16 PM

  18. this is why our fight utterly needs to be for inclusive and informative LGBT discussion and education at the elementary school level.

    and f**k the parents who don't want their kids to "learn about homosexuality" - those parents are either raising the kids that bully, or the kids that take their own lives.

    you have to be carefully taught how to hate (South Pacific, anyone?)

    education about diversity. at an elementary school level

    no more excuses about "it should be taught at home" when clearly that simply isn't working and isn't bloody happening.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jan 29, 2013 3:42:41 PM

  19. Are there any national, or even regional, orgs whose mission is to reach out to schools and communities in isolated areas to educate on bullying and tolerance of LGBT youth? It has to be taken on independently since schools just don't care. Otherwise, there will continue to be more Jadins, Matthew Shepards, and all the others. This is so sad.

    Posted by: Holamigo | Jan 29, 2013 4:21:24 PM

  20. Tony Perkins is smiling.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Jan 29, 2013 4:40:23 PM

  21. @Lil' C*unt,

    I know and have met numerous gays who would consider themselves 'inclusive' and P.C. who're also arrogant bullies and control freaks. Bullies and control freaks come in ALL shapes, sizes, colors, nationalities, sexual orientations, ideologies.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 29, 2013 4:48:52 PM

  22. Oh my God! have a gay friend / former student at my college who is a) from La Grande and very out as a musician now in London.

    When will this stop?

    Posted by: KevinVT | Jan 29, 2013 4:49:36 PM

  23. I know for some of you, especially those who had a support system upon coming out; it's inconcievable why a young gay kid would take his life, but having lived it, I can tell you it's daily torture. To be 13 and in a small town as I grew up, and go to school every single day and have dozens upon dozens of your peers push you, hit you, call you names, all make sounds when you walk into a room, and then have a homophobic family and homophobic school system. It's brutal. Grown adults would have a challenging time getting through that, much less a child. Suicide is NOT the answer, but to this day, I don't know how I endured so much hate on a daily basis. I really don't. I think part of it was watching Pedro on The Real World San Francisco at the time, and seeing how proud and brave he was. But otherwise, it's a living hell, and those of us who are grown and out and have friends can't begin to understand how vulnerable and lonely most of our gay youth feel.

    Posted by: Kortz | Jan 29, 2013 5:11:29 PM

  24. If this happened in liberal Oregon, what does it say about the young people of America and their homophobic attitudes? Maybe we are failing to realize the huge sea of homophobia that lies underneath. Women contribute to it as much as men.

    Posted by: stephen lucas | Jan 29, 2013 5:12:13 PM

  25. I feel we as adult LGBT have a *duty* to our LGBT youth. Yes, a duty to them. Each of us owes it to them to fight for equality, challenge homophobia, mentor at risk GLBT youth, and advocate and educate society about the harms of homophobia.

    The GLBT generation before us did that for us and we live to benefit from their valiant efforts. We owe it to our next generation to make this society even more tolerant for them. It starts with each and every single one of us doing our part.

    Posted by: Scott Johansen | Jan 29, 2013 5:14:01 PM

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