A Michigan teenager’s death is the most recent in a string of suicides by gay teens who were bullied by their peers.
Corey Jackson, a 19-year-old sophomore at Michigan’s Oakland University, committed suicide on Tuesday.
His family believes that Jackson, who had recently come out to friends and family, was bullied for his sexual orientation and that the harassment led him to take his own life.
“He said, ‘I don’t know what’s wrong. Ever since I came out people are treating me different. I don’t know what to do. I don’t know where I belong,” said Kim Jones, Jackson’s aunt, to WDIV.
Oakland University Student Legislator Darrell Boyd told WDIV that the campus was very tolerant overall.
“Oakland’s an accepting school and we’re pretty broad and diverse so it’s pretty shocking something like that would happen here,” Boyd said.