Jacob Rogers, a Tennessee high school student who gave up going to school around Thanksgiving, took his own life yesterday after years of being bullied. He apparently left passwords so other people could see the kind of crap he faced. Watch the video here or read on:
Friends say that kids bullied Jacob Rogers at Cheatham County Central High School for the past four years, but in the past few months it had become so bad he dropped out of school.
And Wednesday, he ended his life.
“He started coming home his senior year saying ‘I don’t want to go back. Everyone is so mean. They call me a f****, they call me gay, a queer,’” friend Kaelynn Mooningham said.
Kaelynn said her friend Jacob felt ignored.
“Jacob told me no one was helping him. He constantly was going to guidance,” she said.
“…How many kids have to die before Cheatham does something,” she said.
Friends of Jacob’s family say they likely don’t have enough money to hold a funeral. Donations for a funeral are being accepted at Sandman’s Ink Shop, a local tattoo shop in Ashland City.
1102 N. Main Street, Ashland City, TN 37015
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 2 p.m. to 12 a.m.
I haven’t anything eloquent to add to the many moving discussions of these heartbreaking and completely preventable suicides that have followed years of vicious, ignorant attacks by homophobes. I just want to do my bit to make sure they don’t go unnoticed.