Tim Bornholdt

One Town's War on Gay Teens

Seeking relief from bullying, Brittany transferred to Jackson Middle School. Her very first day of eighth grade, eight boys crowded around her on the bus home. "Hey, Brittany, I heard your friend Sam shot herself," one began.

"Did you see her blow her brains out?"

"Did you pull the trigger for her?"

"What did it look like?"

"Was there brain all over the wall?"

"You should do it too. You should go blow your head off."

A long but necessary read about the multiple student suicides that happened in the Anoka-Hennepin school district in around 2010. It doesn't really matter what your views are on gay rights. It really doesn't even matter if you think these kids were lying, making up these wild stories about being harassed and tormented by their peers. Any person with a soul should have seen that these kids needed help, politics be damned. Shame on anyone who thinks otherwise.