Wednesday, October 26, 2011
School Bullying: Jamie Hubley's Short Life (IMG00482)
After his suicide was made public, there has been a sharp increase of ppl seeking assistance from Pink Triangle Services, which is a local service agency for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, two-spirit and queer (GLBTTQ) people.
Altho the Canadian Charter of Rights and government laws prohibit discrimination against an individual based on, among other things, his/her sexual orientation, open or covert hostility and harassment are still rampant in many sectors of the Canadian society.
While I am not part of the GLBTTQ community, I do feel strongly that inclusiveness (within the context of the Charter and govt laws) is what makes our Canadian society strong. One might not agree with Jamie Hubley's sexual orientation and life style, but he did not deserve the bullying that was driving him to despair and eventually contributed to his death.
The only comforting thought from this tragedy is that the end of Jamie Hubley's short life has helped raise public awareness (incl the local schools) and will save the lives of those who might not have otherwise seek help to extricate themselves out of that suicidal dark corner.
* Oct 26, 2011 Ottawa Sun article entitled "A Call for Help" - standing next to Jamie was his father Allan Hubley
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