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Ellen Speaks Out against Bullying

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EXTRA: Responding to the recent wave of teen suicides caused by bullying, Ellen DeGenereshas stepped up to raise awareness and reach out to victims of bullying with a heartfelt video and a list of resources posted on the "Ellen" website.

Recent suicides included 18-year-old Rutgers University student violinistTyler Clementiand 13-year-old Seth Walsh, who took their own lives after enduring taunts and humiliating incidents about their sexual orientations.

On Thursday, September 30th, DeGeneres blogged, "One life lost in this senseless way is tragic.Four lives lost is a crisis,"referencing the suicides of Clementi and Walsh, as well as Texas teen Asher Brown and 15-year-old Billy Lucas from Indiana.

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Ray October 1, 2010, 3:30 PM

What’s this? All of a sudden Ellen jumps on this topic? I’ve been a member of S.O.S. ever since my brother committed suicide 25 yrs. ago. So, where has she been or didn’t she know that bullying and suicide has been around a long time.

Beverly October 3, 2010, 7:39 AM

Ellen i have been talked about disliked just because i am a lesbian peoplle think its like the flu you can get it if your by that person i am hoping you have more shows on about gay life to teach people in this world you can’t get it by talking to someone who is gay SHAME ON THEM…..It’s hare enough going though life in theses days but to be bullied because who you are i am the same person for 59 years i just enjoy being who i am and thats a lesbian…Than You Beverly from Louisiana

Coby Beach October 4, 2010, 6:14 AM

I homeschooled my daughter for 4 years because of similar bullying. It broke our hearts then, and it breaks my heart now to think about it. It’s a sad situation. Parents (and other people of influence) should be spreading the word that people that are gay are still loving, caring valued people. It’s time for them to stop having to suffer in silence. Thanks to Ellen for this wonderful message.

shelagh mayhew October 5, 2010, 1:38 PM

I have never been so hurt and devastated by the video that I just saw. I know that this will not make much impact but, I decided that all the problems in the world are minor in the wake of the death of a child because of bullying and blatant bigoted insecure teens that are no different than when I was young, except that when I was teased I only had to put up with meanness and ugliness because I was an outsider to all the cool kids. I am 59 and the hurt and ignorance just keeps getting worse instead of better. What is the matter with the parents that raise kids to hate when they don’t get it that the lives that are being impacted could turn out to be their own children or grandchildren?? The wake up call has been made… lets not let the phone ring unanswered.

Mary October 6, 2010, 1:52 PM

I commented recently on another thread about bullying and I’ll say the same here. Our schools have anti-bullying policies in place that have great intentions but who checks to be sure the school is following their own policy?

My son’s school will tell a child who is being bullied while walking home that he should just walk a different way. Isn’t that just allowing the bully to win? What if the parents want their child to walk a specific way for a reason?

My daughter’s school recently had a guest speaker who travels the country speaking out against bullying and actually WALKED OUT because the kids were so bad. They talked back & one boy even got right up in the man’s face. The school put out their regular newsletter two days after showing a few photos and called the assembly a “success” and never mentioned what happened to the community. The speaker said it was the worst school he’d spoken for, he was bullied off the stage.

Great anti-bullying policies, huh?

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