Two Little Boys by Charles M. Blow on April 24, 2009
On April 6, just before dinner, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, a Massachusetts boy who had endured relentless homophobic taunts at school, wrapped an extension cord around his tiny neck and hanged himself. He was only 11 years old. His mother had to cut him down.
On April 16, just after school, Jaheem Herrera, a Georgia boy who had also endured relentless homophobic taunts at school, wrapped a fabric belt around his tiny neck and hanged himself as well. He too was only 11 years old. His 10-year-old sister found him.
Two beaming little boys, lost. To intolerance? Too tragic. More.
This is article is in response to the following letter sent to Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School parents on April 23, 2009:
Dear PVC Parents:
On Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 a group of 8th grade boys engaged in a violent act aimed at another student. This group of boys restrained the student in question and assaulted him. As a result, the school has deemed it necessary to suspend those directly involved with this incident.
Due to the severity of the matter, the Croton Police are now conducting their own investigation. While this is an isolated case, I want to assure you that the school is taking all necessary measures to insure your childs safety.
Please note that false rumors have been circulating that have further exacerbated this situation for the victim. We request that all members of our community be supportive and sensitive to this.
We hope this matter is resolved as soon as possible. We also want to express how proud we are of those students who came forward in support of the student who was harmed. It takes great courage to step forward under such circumstances.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call me at 914-271-2191.
Barbara Ulm, Ed.D., PVC Principal