13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19...
Just random numbers, or the ages of ten young boys when their lives were needlessly lost.
These boys had never met, and had only four things in common.
They all resided across the United States of America, in New Jersey, California, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Texas, Wisconsin, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Indiana.
They were all raised in loving homes.
All had friends and family that loved them.
They all commited suicide because of the constant bullying they received when schoolmates found out they were, or suspected them of being gay. One of these boys wasn't even gay, he was straight but was still tormented like he was until he could take no more.
This one simple fact was enough for these bright young boys to choose death over one more day of torture.
Over one more day of hell on Earth because others were too homophobic to just let them be.
These deaths were not neccessary. Needless blood has been shed.
And still no one seems to care other than our own community.
One child's suicide is tragic, ten is slaughter.
What are you going to do to help prevent more deaths like these?
Join myself and countless others on October 20th, 2010 in remembering these boys by celebrating Spirit Day, a day where people everywhere will wear purple in their memory.
Purple represents spirit on our rainbow flag.
So please join us, and help put a stop to homophobic bullying.
Seth Walsh, Asher Brown, Caleb Nolt, Justin Aaberg, Harrison Chase Brown, Billy Lucas, Felix Sacco, Tyler Clementi, Raymond Chase. Your deaths will not be in vain. You will be remembered.