the fallen

Brandon Bitner Died For America’s Bullying Sins

I’m sure that even when I’m gone, you’ll find the strength not to let this happen to anyone else.

—Brandon Bitner, the Pennsylvania 14-year-old who stepped in front of a tractor trailer last week to kill himself, writing in the suicide note he left behind. “To me, that’s why he did it,” says Brandon’s mother Tammy Simpson, who knows Brandon has been bullied for years by classmates. “It wasn’t to get attention to himself. It was to get attention to the problem.” The note, which makes clear Brandon killed himself because of insufferable torment including being called “faggot” and “sissy,” described a Nov. 1 incident in his school cafeteria where he thought he was being ridiculed as “the straw that broke the camel’s back.” [ABC 27, AP]