ASMR - ANTI-BULLYING RALLY PART OF NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH

Have teen bullying suicides come to New Hampshire?

Did Jasmine Rogers of Plainfield, NH commit suicide due to bullying?

October is national Bullying Prevention Month.

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FIGHTING FOR OUR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
Anti-Bullying Rally and Vigil
Thursday, October 20
Central Square, Downtown Keene
Gather 5:30p – Rally at 6p
Wear purple, the color representing spirit on the Pride Rainbow Flag

“These young adults chose to end their lives because they did not feel safe.
They lost hope and we lost their contributions to the world all too soon. No
one will ever know the exact moment when it became too much for them to
bear, but each of us know how to change the dynamic so that the tragedy of
teen suicide doesn’t happen in the Monadnock Region.”
Arne Grandell, ASMR Board Chair

This rally is intended to send a message decrying bullying, especially teen
suicides due to anti-gay bullying. In 2011, six young men ages 13-18 and
four young women ages 14-16 took their own lives when harassment in their
schools and communities, coupled with lack of hope and support, converged to
create circumstances beyond their capacity to cope. Bullying often involves
homophobic taunts even when the victim is not gay, lesbian, bisexual or
trans.

Invited guests include Fred Karger, making history as the first openly gay
U.S.
Presidential candidate; Roberta Barry, National PFLAG Board; and Perry
Cohen.
2011 Keene Karaoke Idol Teen Winner, Scout Landry, will perform.

The following individuals who committed suicide will be remembered: Justin
Dimino, age 16 of New York, died 1/9; Lance Lundsten, age 18 of Minnesota,
died 1/15; Kameron Jacobsen, age 14 of New York, died 1/18; Tiffani Maxwell,
age 16 of Pennsylvania, died 1/15; Nicholas Kelo Jr, age 13 of Ohio, died
2/23; Haylee Fentress, age 14 and Paige Moravetz, age 14 of Minnesota made
a ‘slumber party suicide pact,’ died 4/16; Andrew Silvers, age 17 of
Georgia, died 8/16; Jaime Rodemeyer, age 14 of New York, died 9/18.
Jasmine Rogers, age 16 of Plainfield, NH died 10/11; bullying being
investigated as the cause.