Weishuhn was severely bullied at South O’Brien High School in Paulina, Iowa, as soon as he came out, reports KTIV, with former friends turning against him. Boys in his class made a hate group against gays and added Kenneth’s friends to it.
Then death threats started coming in to his cell phone, says Kenneth’s sister Kayla.
It’s especially saddening to remember this all went down in a marriage-equality state. Kenneth even had a Pinterest page envisioning a highbrow gay wedding (right), with items ranging from two grooms on a wedding cake and vintage menswear attire to a Rolls Royce honeymoon car.
Weishuhn also wasn’t shy about his gay crushes, who included boy-bander Louis Tomlinson the cover image on his Facebook page, and Justin Bieber and Zayn Malik.
Then there’s the Pinterist section titled “inspiration,” which had pictures of “It Gets Better” t-shirts and a quote from Chris Colfer: “There’s nothing wrong with you. There’s a lot wrong with the world you live in.”
Says Weishuhn’s mother Jeannie Chambers: “He [said], ‘Mom, you don’t know how it feels to be hated’… When I’d question him about the phone calls, he just blew it off. So I just thought everything was okay.”
Chambers is unsure if she wants to press charges against the bullies: “I really don’t want to ruin somebody else’s life, or take someone else’s son or daughter from them. But, I don’t know what it’s going to take to get it to stop.”
Kenneth’s favorite quote was “be buddies, not bullies.” If only they’d listened.