Josh Pacheco, a high school student from Fenton, Michigan, took his life in late November and his parents blame gay bulling:
Pacheco also was gay, which led to him being bullied both inside and outside of school, said his mother, Lynnette Capehart.Â He told his mother he was gay just two months ago, but Capehart said she wasn’t surprised and she said it made no difference to her. She loved her son just the same.Â Pacheco was always smiling and entertaining friends and family — and he loved a random mix of music from The Beatles to One Direction.
“A young man with an old soul,” even as a child he was always comfortable talking with adults, especially about plays, history and politics, Capehart said.
Lynnette and stepfather Michael Capehart said they didn’t know until recently that Pacheco was bullied.Â Capehart said her first indication that there was a problem came after the homecoming dance on Oct. 6. She was out of town, so she called to see how the dance was. It was the only one he attended this fall.Â Pacheco was upset and crying, but wouldnâ€™t tell her why, Capehart said.
After his death, she found out from studentsÂ that her son had been pushed into lockers and teased at school. It wasnâ€™t surprising that he didnâ€™t tell many people about it, Lynnette Capehart said, because Pacheco never wanted to make anyone else upset.
â€śHe was having problems with bullying. He didnâ€™t really want to tell us very much,â€ť she said. â€śIt was very disheartening to me.â€ť
These stories make me so sad as they are preventable. It also angers me that the wing nuts continue to hammer anti-gay programs as indoctrination – because without them, kids are being indoctrinated into depression and suicide. My head is spinning – gotta go.
Via M Live