Teen bullying has gotten completely out of hand. Seth Walsh, a 13-year-old Tehachapi, California, student, passed away Tuesday afternoon after attempting suicide. The teen tried to hang himself from a tree September 19 and has spent the past nine days on life support at Kern Medical Center.
It has been reported that Seth Walsh’s suicide was the result of constant bullying at his middle school because he was gay. The Tehachapi Police Department spoke with students that harassed Seth the day he hanged himself and concluded that even though their actions were cruel, they do not constitute a crime. Tehachapi Police Chief Jeff Kermode said,
Several of the kids that we talked to broke down into tears. They had never expected an outcome such as this.
In line with other schools, Jacobsen Middle School says it has an anti-bullying program, but classmates said that Seth never received any help or protection from the staff.
To help support the Walsh family, Bank of the Sierra has set up a memorial fund. Audrey’s Cafe in Bakersfield is also showing its support. Kathi Briefer-Gose, a gay rights activist, said,
We decided that we as a community in Bakersfield and as a county needed to do something to show our support. People can bring down cards, letters, to tell the Walsh family that they are behind them.
A memorial service for Seth Walsh will be held at the First Baptist Church in Tehachapi this Friday at 3:30 p.m.