A DEATH IN THE FAMILY
Another young person has died as a result of anti-gay bullying: Jadin Bell, a 15-year-old sophomore at La Grande High School in La Grande, Oregon, was taken off life support last week, after hanging himself in a school playground.
Earlier in the week, nearly 200 people attended a vigil for Bell at a nearby art center, where dozens of photos of the bright-looking youth were on display.
“Jadin is one of the best people I have ever met. He makes everyone around him feel good all the time,” said LHS junior Frankie Benitez.
She said Bell is someone who never forgets his friends.
“Jadin always remembers people no matter what,” Benitez said. “If I felt bad, I would hang out with him and he would say something small like, ‘I love your sweater.’ He notices things you didn’t think anyone notices.”
Another girl described Jadin as the sweetest boy she had ever met. She recalled that when she transferred to LHS, Bell was the first person she did not know to talk to her.
Bell was a member of the LHS cheerleading team and volunteered at an assisted-living facility in town. But his sexuality and sensitive nature made him a target for bullies, both at school and on the Web, said family friend Bud Hill: “He was different, and they tend to pick on the different ones.”
Yeah, he’s not dead, just in critical condition. The headline of the local paper this story links to states as much. The supportive FB page that’s been launched by friends and family is here: http://www.facebook.com/StayStrongJadin . On it the most recent post as of Jan 25 says he squeezed his dad’s hand. Things are not good for the poor guy, no doubt and he has a journey ahead of him to get well. Hope he pulls through and can become a role model for other kids thinking of killing themselves that there is hope and love all around despite how dark the days can seem.
We can speculate on why Jadin made the decision he did but that won’t change the outcome. Teens everywhere gay, curious, or straight, face the same challenges. Jadin reminds us that the worst weapon against our progress is silence. The media exploits this story now for ratings, but the conversation must continue. We leave Jadin in God’s hands, not knowing all the answers. Only that God’s hand is leading us and His love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord
Jadin Bell was killed by Religion.
Yes mikro I am reading your updates, thank you. FYI, when you talk to a hospital and they say, “I can’t give you info” you can say, “I have a lot of people who care about this case, Do I tell them the worst has happened, or should I wait on that? (meaning death has occured) or should i check back again?” Peace be with you Mikro.
Jadin will die within 24-48 hours.
Hear these words of the Promises of God as we let him go to eternal life together:
“I have redeemed you, I have called you by name, -you are mine-” ~ Isaiah 43:1
Jadin receives his Savior, while we grieve, yet we rejoice in that death is not the end.
Peace be with all of you always.
“If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” Romans 14:8
He lives now into Eternal Life, where we will see Him again.
Go now in peace.