The disturbing national trend of gay teenagers killing themselves continues with the death of an Oklahoma teen who took his life a week after attending a town meeting where residents spewed hatred towards gays.
On September 28, 19-year-old Zach Harrington attended a City Council hearing to get local input into whether October should be named "Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender History Month" in the city of Norman.
Harrington sat for three hours as people slammed the gay lifestyle. There were supporters as well, however, and the council passed the resolution 7-1.
Zach killed himself one week after the hearing. His father blames the meeting's venomous atmosphere for his son's suicide.
The father thinks Zach heard the harsh reality of what his gay lifestyle would be, and he just couldn't take it.
Zach had been struggling with being accepted for years. He had trouble in high school. And school officials were apparently no help. Van Harrington said Zach was asked to leave school and earn his diploma in another program.
Zach's sister said she hopes this tragedy will make people think before opening their mouths.