U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today released the
"This week, we sadly lost two young men who took their own lives
for one unacceptable reason: they were being bullied and harassed
because they were openly gay or believed to be gay. These unnecessary
tragedies come on the heels of at least three other young people taking
their own lives because the trauma of being bullied and harassed for
their actual or perceived sexual orientation was too much to bear.
"This is a moment where every one of us - parents, teachers,
students, elected officials, and all people of conscience - needs to
stand up and speak out against intolerance in all its forms. Whether
it's students harassing other students because of ethnicity, disability
or religion; or an adult, public official harassing the President of the
University of Michigan student body because he is gay, it is time we as
a country said enough. No more. This must stop."