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Suicide Prevention Resources

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Since October, I’ve made suicide prevention my “second career”. I’m as passionate about this as I am about my music. That says a lot! Whenever possible, and as often as possible, I like to provide valuable information in case anyone is face-to-face with a life-or-death situation. As we’re seeing over and over, it’s can happen to anyone. And, in some cases, as in Alex Frye, we don’t even see it coming.

The deeper involved I become in this, the more I understand what an outstanding and equally passionate network of people trying to make a difference. It’s truly amazing, and it makes me very proud (even humbled) to be a part of such an enormous effort. It really should’ve come as no surprise when I spent some time perusing the Wipeout Homophobia on Facebook webpage and came across what is probably the most comprehensive compilation of resources I’ve come across so far. I would be doing a disservice if I didn’t pass along that link.

Great minds think alike. I’ve been saying forever that one of the biggest issues with the troubling teen issues, from the bullying to the suicides to other violent acts carried out by troubled teens, is that we as adults fail them when it comes to listening. We hear them. Too often, we aren’t listening. Then, suddenly, it’s too late to listen. We’re left with having to react to whatever their actions may be, however devastating they are. That’s nowhere near good enough. On the WHOF page, the first piece of advise is to “be quiet and listen!” What a concept. I’m convinced that if the family and friends of then-15 year old Andy Williams had only listened to what he was screaming to them, the two boys he killed would still be alive and he wouldn’t be spending the rest of his life in a California prison. Google it. (yeah, that story got under my skin because he was a Marylander who was transplanted to California to get him away from the bullying. It didn’t work.)

We can never have enough resources available to us. As I shared earlier in the week, some of the “resources” that are supposed to be there for you sometimes aren’t. One thing we know for sure: Wipeout Homophobia on Facebook is always there to provide support and resources. Kudos, again, to you Kel and Whof!!!

Written by Ron Kemp

January 12, 2012 at 5:38 am

California Set to Pass New Anti-Bullying Law

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One-by-one, states around the country are either making new laws or making amendments to existing laws to get a hand on the bullying going on in schools in their jurisdictions.  And, California is set to lead the fray.

California’s AB 9 would make its provisions effective July 1, 2012.  That means it would be in effect for next school year.

A beginning.  There is still more that needs to be done.  It is my opinion that AB 9 doesn’t quite reach the demand for ZERO TOLERANCE, but it’s a step in the right direction.

The bright side of it is that states around the country are finally understanding that more needs to be done.  The laws MUST be made tougher.  The penalties MUST be swifter and stronger.  And, the laws MUST be all-inclusive.  There are still states that are hesitant to add LBGT students under the umbrella of protection.  That is not acceptable.  ALL students are to be protected and, if they’re not, we need to fight like hell to make sure they get the protection they need.

Kudos to you California.

Written by Ron Kemp

January 3, 2012 at 4:50 am