Gay Tennessee Student Ends Life After Years of Bullying
A senior at Cheatham County Central High School in Ashland City, a small town in Cheatham County in north-central, Tenn., took his life on Wednesday, Dec. 7, after enduring years of anti-gay bullying, reported topnews|Ashland City/The Tennessean in a Dec. 8 article.
The Nashville NBC affiliate WSMVk reported that a number of Jacob Rogers’ classmates claim that he was being harassed because he was gay. One of Rogers’ close friends told the media that she thinks he took his life because he could not handle the constant bullying.
"He started coming home his senior year saying ’I don’t want to go back. Everyone is so mean. They call me a faggot, they call me gay, a queer,’" friend Kaelynn Mooningham said.
"Jacob told me no one was helping him. He constantly was going to guidance," she added.
Cheatham County Director of Schools Tim Webb claims that school officials were only informed about one incident of bullying. Webb said that the high school’s principal, Glenna Barrow, contacted the students who were accused of harassing Rogers and were given warnings.
"If we know about it, we are going to deal with it, but we have to know about it first," Webb said.