Lawrence King, a self-identified gay male, 15-years old, was shot twice in the head by a bully while in English class after enduring countless acts of homophobia. Eric Mohat, 17-years old, went home and shot himself in the head after a bully suggested, “Why don’t you go home and shoot yourself? No one will miss you.” Angie Zapata, 18-years old, a transgender woman was bludgeoned to death with a fire extinguisher. Carl Walker-Hoover, 11-years old, hanged himself after enduring bullying at school, including many taunts of being gay. Jaheem Herrera, 11-years old, hanged himself after enduing anti-gay bullying at school. Sakia Gunn, 15-years old, was murdered on a street corner in Newark.
Hate crimes seem to be on the rise.