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Bullies Push Gay Teen Kenneth Weishuhn to Suicide

| by Michael Allen

Kenneth Weishuhn, a 14-year-old gay freshman at South O'Brien High School, in Paullina, Iowa, took his own life on April 15 and his family claims it was the bullies at the school, who pushed him over the edge (video below).

His mother Jeannie Chambers recalled to KTIV-TV: "He says, 'Mom, you don't know how it feels to be hated.'"

His sister Kayla Weishuhn added: "People that were originally his friends, they kind of turned on him."

According to Kayla, a sophomore, it was the boys in her class, that bullied her brother over his sexuality: "A lot of people, they either joined in or they were too scared to say anything."

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The bullies allegedly use websites like Facebook to create a hate group against gays and added Kenneth's friends as members. Kenneth also started receiving death threats on his phone.

According to mom Jeannie, the South O'Brien bullies were given a warning, but she was never contacted by the school. 

She's not sure whether she'll press charges against the bullies: "I really don't want to ruin somebody else's life, or take someone else's son or daughter from them. But, I don't know what it's going to take to get it to stop."

"To make someone feel so horrible about themselves, so miserable. To make them hate themselves they way my brother must have," said Kayla.

Here is a tribute video to Kenneth: