Following repeated attacks by bullies both in person and on the Internet regarding his sexual orientation, 15-year-old Jadin Bell hanged himself in the playground of an Oregon elementary school earlier this month. The troubled teen’s suicide attempt was unsuccessful and he was placed on life support, but that support has since been removed.
Nearly 200 people, the majority of whom attended high school with Bell, held a vigil for the injured teen last week. The vigil lasted for more than an hour and a half, and those in attendance only left after they were forced to leave because the building where the gathering was being held was closing.
About 50 printouts of large photos of Bell were on display at the vigil. The shots captured his warm, colorful personality and showed him posing with friends. After it was announced that the photos were available for attendees to take home, they were gone in minutes.
Family friend Bud Hill shared his reflections about Bell with a local news station: “He was different, and they tend to pick on the different ones. If someone was down and out he would walk into a room and say a couple quick words and everybody would just forget about their problems and smile. He just had a gift."
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One of Bell’s schoolmates, high school junior Frankie Benitez, also shared heartfelt feelings about the teenager: “Jadin is one of the best people I have ever met. He makes everyone around him feel good all the time.”
Doctors detected little brain activity in Bell over the weekend, and he was removed from life support at the time. Hill has pledged to start an organization in Bell’s honor to help deal with the issues that led to the young man's death.
Source: (Huffington Post)