Editor’s Note: Please see our latest story on the tragic suicide of Kenneth Weishuhn: “14-Year Old Suicide Victim Was Receiving Death Threats For Being Gay.”
A 14-year old gay teen died by suicide Saturday in Primghar, Iowa, after coming out as gay and being bullied for months, according to a report. The Eldridge Funeral Home lists a short obituary for Kenneth James Weishuhn Jr., stating Kenneth J. Weishuhn Jr. passed away on Sunday, April 15. Primghar, Iowa is a small town of about 909, according to the 2010 census.
There are no other news reports yet, but there is a Facebook group created in his memory.
One entry notes, “Its sad to see how people cannot just see past a persons identity and just see them as a human,” while another reads, “You took his happiness away from him..,” and another, “No one deserves to be bullied! My sympathies to the family and friends of Kenneth! And to the kids that bullied him hope you sleep okay knowing that you drove a young man to an early fate, you should be ashamed of yourself!”
A Pinterest page with Kenneth James Weishuhn’s name says, ” I love Louis Tomlinson, A lot.” One section, titled, “When I get married. (:” has several photos of same-sex couples. Another, titled, “Inspiration,” offers several “It gets better” images, and a quote from Glee star Chris Colfer:
There’s nothing wrong with you. There’s a lot wrong with the world you live in.
To which Weishuhn added, “I hope so.”
Another image reads, “Never be bullied into silence.”
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