Gay New Mexico Teen Commits Suicide After Anti-Gay Bullying
17-year-old New Mexico high school student Carlos Vigil has committed suicide after years of anti-gay bullying.
According to Latin Post, Vigil took his life hour after returning from a trip to North Carolina where he spoke out against bullying. LP writes: "Apparently, the reception he got on his trip was far from hospitable, and mere hours after he returned, Vigil killed himself via a still-undisclosed method."
Before taking his life Vigil left a note via Twitter, writing:
"I'm sorry to those I offended over the years. I'm blind to see that I, as a human being, suck. I'm an individual who is doing an injustice to the world and it's time for me to leave. The kids in school are right, I am a loser, a freak, and a fag and in no way is that acceptable for people to deal with. I'm sorry for not being a person that would make people proud."
Carlos's father, Ray Vigil, rushed home after seeing Carlo's Tweet, but at that point it was too late.
The family took Carlos off of life support on Sunday.
Carlos's father explains, "We found out three years ago that he was going through this stuff and we've been trying to help him every day since. We realize he's been going through it every day since he was in the third grade, that's a long time for a child to hold that within himself."
Using Carlos's Twitter account, the family Tweeted this morning: "Carlos is finally at peace! Thank you everyone for your support and prayers. Please don't forget what he wanted STOP THE BULLYING."
Clearly there's still a lot of work to be done, Instincters. R.I.P., Carlos.