AJ Betts
Someone Being Bullied
Male | Pleasant Hill, IA   United States
Bullying leads to teen suicide
Bullying Type: Emotional
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7/29/13 12:13 PM
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PLEASANT HILL, Iowa —Mental health support professionals will be at Southeast Polk High School Monday night following the suicide of a 16-year-old student over the weekend.

The counselors will be on hand at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts area of the school to talk with anyone who needs it, school officials said.

AJ Betts is the fifth student from Southeast Polk High school to commit suicide in the past five years. His mother, Sheryl Moore, is hoping her son's story will put an end to the bullying that she said ended his life.

"It must have been really horrible, if my son got to the point where he would hurt my husband, my daughters and I to take his own life," said Moore.

Moore said she will never know exactly how horrible the bullying was.

"We had no indication that anything was wrong. He is the happiest kid I've ever met. Everybody who meets him says that," said Moore.

The teen kept a tough exterior and a smile on his face despite what his mother is learning from his friends as they pay their respects.

"About a year and a half ago, AJ was outed as gay at SE Polk High School. Everyone got a long with my son very well until they found out he was gay," said Moore.

The teen's friends said Betts was constantly ridiculed not only for being gay, but also because he was half African-American and was born with a cleft lip.

"He's different. He doesn’t add up to what they're used to," said the teen's best friend, Noah Lahmann.

Read more: http://www.kcci.com/news/central-iowa/fifth-se-polk-student-commits-suicide-in-5-years/-/9357080/21215752/-/9eeaju/-/index.html#ixzz2aSmXBExc

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Posted By: ImSoCold22 | 7/29/13 2:45 PM
This is such a sad story and the fact that he is the fifth in the school, really indicated there must be a huge environment if bullying there. I hope the school really concentrates on their anti-bullying policy!
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