Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Suicide of gay boy investigated

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Rome, August 13 - The suicide of a gay 14-year-old
boy is under investigation as police try to determine if he was
bullied or pushed to the point of taking his own life,
authorities said Tuesday.
Police are concerned that the boy who jumped from the roof
of his family's apartment building sometime on the night of
August 7 may have been driven to such drastic action by
taunters.
In a letter to his father, the boy asked that 12 friends,
including 10 girls, be told about his death, but said nothing
about bullies.
Police say they want to interview the 12 to get a better
sense of what happened.
His parents said they had no idea anything was wrong with
the boy the night he died.
"My son and I were watching TV...and decided to give
ourselves an early night," his father told authorities.
The problem may stem from intense societal pressure to fit
in, said Italy's ombudsman for children and adolescents.
"Because he was gay, and he was ashamed of it," said
Vincenzo Spadafora.
A controversial law against gay bashing has been under
debate and Spadafora said that the legislation would be welcome,
but more support from society is needed.

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