UPDATE: Bullied Teen in Critical Condition at Oregon Hospital
January 29, 2013 1 Comment
(Editor’s Note: Conflicting information led to an inaccurate headline in an earlier report. I sincerely regret the error. My thoughts and prayers are with Jadin and his family. If there ever was time for a miracle, this would be it.-JT)
15-year-old Jadin Bell has been taken off of life support following a suicide attempt on a elementary School playground. As of Tuesday evening, he remained in critical condition at an Oregon hospital.
According to KOMO-TV, Bell “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.”
Dozens of Le Grande residents turned out for a vigil in Bell’s honor last week.
Family friend Bud Hill tells reporters,”Jadin was pushed to suicide after being bullied in person and on the Internet for being gay.”
PQ Monthly says, “A passerby tried to rescue the boy, who was then flown to Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital where he was on life support until last weekend.”
Bell’s mother, Lola Lathrop, tells KATU-TV she hopes there’s a lesson to be learned from the tragidy, “The next time you are thinking of being unkind to someone, think to yourself, if that person was a member of your family, would you want them treated like that?” Don’t treat them like that,” Lathrop said.
According to KOMO-TV,”Hill says Jadin asked his parents to home school him. He feared turning in the bullies would make things worse. The school district says it was in the process of investigating when Jadin tried to end his life.”
PQ reports,”Friends of Bell have set up a Facebook page — “Stay Strong, Jadin Bell” — to offer love and support during this difficult time.”
(If you or someone you know needs help, or is considering suicide, you owe it to yourself to visit The Trevor Project’s website or call them at 1-866-488-7386. In the U.S. you can also call 1-800-273-8255 and talk to the folks at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Visit stopbullying.gov for more resources and help put an end to this national nightmare. )