An openly-gay 17-year old boy committed suicide in Rochester, Minnesota on Sunday, and his father is blaming anti-gay bullying as “a big part” of the cause of his son’s death. Jay ‘Corey’ Jones, also known as Corey Jay Jonestrader on his Facebook page, was a student atÂ Century High School, and was bullied for years his father,Â JayBocka Strader, says.
“He said all of his life they always picked on him. He’d still try to keep his head up at school, but then he’d come home and be really sad about it,” Strader says, in a report at the Post Bulletin:
Jones, a member of Century’s gay-straight alliance, had an image on his Facebook page that said, “Gay & Proud.” He was open about his sexuality and occasionally wore tight, colorful tank tops and short-shorts to school, Strader said.
“He just got really depressed about it because the guys weren’t accepting him,” Strader said.
Jones jumped from a pedestrian bridge near Century High School on Sunday, according to police.
In response to an inquiry from the Post-Bulletin, schools Superintendent Michael MuÃ±oz issued a statement acknowledging there are issues related to bullying in the district. He did not directly address Jones’ situation.
The district is in the planning stages of providing training and support for students, staff and families, MuÃ±oz said, and will continue anti-bullying collaborations with Gov. Mark Daytonâ€™s recently formed anti-bullying task force, Rochester police and others in the community.
“I want everyone to have on pink shirts and remember the Corey that tried to get the rights,” Strader said. Pink was one of Jones’ favorite colors, his dad said.
“When I saw him in pink, I really liked him in pink, and he was really happy,” Strader said. “I just told him that pink looked good on him.”
A report on Minnesota Public Radio yesterday added:
Last year, Jones told his dad, Jay Strader, he was gay. Strader immediately noticed a change.
“I just saw a difference in him I saw a smile, I saw a little more energy than actually being down and out and depressed-looking,” Strader said. “To me he felt a sign of relief, like, ‘Yeah I got over the hard part, right,’ you know.”
But coming out exposed Jones to other pressures, Strader said, primarily from bullies at school. Jones moved to Minnesota from Chicago two years ago. He lived in Minneapolis for a year before moving down to Rochester.
Strader said his son was comfortable with his sexual orientation. But the teasing Jones encountered at school turned into a constant struggle for him and he was diagnosed with depression.
“I wanted him to let me know what was going on with him. I didn’t get a chance to get that,” Strader. “I didn’t get a chance to find out what was going on inside his head.”
Strader said his son’s death Sunday has not sunk in yet. It’s been an emotional week for his family and him, as well as for many high school students in southeastern Minnesota.
Minnesota is currently the stage for a contentious battle for an anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
The funeral forÂ Jay ‘Corey’ Jones will be held in Chicago on Saturday.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
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‘Don’t Mess With Me’: Speaker Pelosi Destroys Reporter for Asking if She ‘Hates’ Trump (Video)
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi addressed reporters late Thursday morning, and after concluding her remarks and answering their questions she walked off the stage, but stopped in her tracks when one reporter asked: “Do you hate the President, Madam Speaker?”
The Speaker whipped around, pointed her finger at him and responded, “I don’t hate anybody.”
“Don’t you accuse me,” Pelosi railed.
“I still pray for the president all the time,” she continued, a statement she has made repeatedly over the past few years.
“I was raised in a Catholic house. I don’t hate anybody,” the Speaker said, chastising the reporter. “Not anybody in the world.”
“As a Catholic I resent you using the word ‘hate,'” she added. “So don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 5, 2019
A Vice News senior political reporter says, “I’m not sure I’ve ever seen her this visibly angry.”
I've been covering Pelosi off and on for a decade. I'm not sure I've ever seen her this visibly angry. https://t.co/z1vVLXAniV
— Cameron Joseph (@cam_joseph) December 5, 2019
One Washington Post and CNN reporter tweeted she has never seen the Speaker that upset.
Wow Pelosi, leaving her presser, pauses and scolds a reporter for asking if she "hates" Trump.
She says "we don't hate anyone! …. As a Catholic i resent you using the word 'hate' … don't mess with me when it comes to words like that."
i have never seen Pelosi so upset.
— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) December 5, 2019
Another Politico reporter called it a “very tense moment.”
Wow. Very tense moment just now as reporter in front row shouts question to Pelosi: Do you hate Trump?
"As a Catholic, I resent you using the word hate in a sentence that addresses me," Pelosi says, clearly agitated.
"Don't mess with me when it comes to a word like that."
— Sarah Ferris (@sarahnferris) December 5, 2019
The reporter who asked the question reportedly works for the right-wing Sinclair Broadcast Group:
Sinclair reporter James Rosen who asked Pelosi if she "hates the president" left Fox News last year after allegations he made sexual advances toward three female Fox News journalists, including two reporters and a producer. https://t.co/2V25ZEuD0p pic.twitter.com/XqS7pVGl09
— Anthony DeRosa🗽 (@Anthony) December 5, 2019
Pelosi Formally Requests House Draft Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald Trump: ‘Facts Are Uncontested’
A somber Speaker Nancy Pelosi addressed the nation Wednesday morning, invoking words from the nation’s founding documents, warning of a monarch king, to announce she is requesting the House of Representatives draft Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump.
NEW: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivers remarks on the impeachment inquiry: “In the course of today’s events, it becomes necessary for us to address, among other grievances, the president’s failure to faithfully execute the law.” https://t.co/HCZjWF2oa2 pic.twitter.com/qP7IO9jYaQ
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) December 5, 2019
“The facts are uncontested: The president abused his power for his own personal political benefit,” the Speaker charged.
“Our democracy is what’s at stake,” Pelosi added. “The president has engaged in an abuse of power.”
“The president leaves us no choice but to act because he is trying to corrupt, once again, the election for his own benefit.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 5, 2019
“With allegiance to our Founders,” the Speaker added.
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‘A President the World Is Laughing At’: Biden Releases New Ad Attacking Trump – and It’s Getting Widely Praised
Former Vice President Joe Biden, still the Democratic frontrunner, Wednesday night released an ad that has many people talking – it’s already been viewed 5.4 million times – and it’s getting praise from even non-Biden supporters.
The ad uses footage from the viral video of world leaders at NATO mocking President Donald Trump – a video that upset the American president so greatly he left London early, canceling a press conference and bilateral meeting, to head back to D.C.
The ad begins with Trump at NATO, the moves quickly to portions of the viral video showing Trump being mocked, and overlays text that reads, “A PRESIDENT THE WORLD IS LAUGHING AT.” It also overlays commentary from political pundits and journalists including Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough, and Wolf Blitzer.
Also in the ad is video of Trump being mocked at the United Nations.
It concludes with Biden declaring “The world sees Trump for what he is. Insincere, ill-informed, corrupt, dangerously incompetent, and incapable in my view of world leadership.”
It then cuts to Vice President Biden exiting Air Force One, conversing with world leaders – including those who mocked Trump – and shows him in the Situation Room.
“And if we give Donald Trump four more years,” Biden declares, “we will have great difficulty of ever being able to recover America’s standing in the world, and our capacity to bring nations together.”
It concludes with text that reads: “We need a leader the world respects.”
The world is laughing at President Trump. They see him for what he really is: dangerously incompetent and incapable of world leadership.
We cannot give him four more years as commander in chief. pic.twitter.com/IR8K2k54YQ
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) December 5, 2019
Here’s what some, including those who have not declared support for Biden, or have declared support for other candidates, are saying:
This is a really really good political ad – gets beyond the laughing and makes a deadly serious point about Trump’s instability and isolation. https://t.co/JxsadN4ltt
— Nicolle Wallace (@NicolleDWallace) December 5, 2019
Excellent ad. It (1) tells the truth, (2) shows Trump as a dangerous narcissistic fool, exactly how the world sees him, (3) focuses on the central issue of competence, and (4) will drive Trump crazy. https://t.co/2UVTTY4H3t
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) December 5, 2019
This is a really great (and overdue) ad. https://t.co/bWnyZBCs2T
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) December 5, 2019
I’m no Biden fan, but this is a good ad. https://t.co/VrFqINSHYO
— Thor Benson (@thor_benson) December 5, 2019
This is a very smart ad https://t.co/FhlBl4tLf9
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) December 5, 2019
Last week @KamalaHarris had the best ad. Today, @JoeBiden killed it. When McConnell starts seeing the poll numbers for his 23 incumbents and 11 challengers this winter, the dam is going to break. https://t.co/Lej4cKp03V
— Scott Surovell (@ssurovell) December 5, 2019
This is a very very good ad… https://t.co/i7w0il43hf
— Jason Johnson (@DrJasonJohnson) December 5, 2019
This is the best anti-Trump ad I’ve seen yet. Don’t be fooled by the MAGA spin that his base loves this, they’re draining the swamp, blah blah. Most Americans, especially swing voters, don’t want to be embarrassed by their President. They want America to be respected. https://t.co/998sAcAUwZ
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) December 5, 2019
Like him or not, this is a good ad. https://t.co/Z7LPJAfMTG
— Lonnie Scott (@LonnieScott) December 5, 2019
No matter what anyone thinks of this guy, this ad is so well done. Bravo. https://t.co/ri3n1CTPsr
— Jeremy Cowart (@jeremycowart) December 5, 2019
The is one of the better spots in the history of campaign ad making. https://t.co/Hb5JMjETVD
— Ida B. Wells’ Burner Account (@goldietaylor) December 5, 2019
Best ad I’ve seen from a Democrat https://t.co/R6vqZ290Px
— Red (@Redpainter1) December 5, 2019
This is a kick-ass ad no matter what you think of Biden. https://t.co/nWRLshoTL7
— ResistanceRules (@ResistanceRules) December 5, 2019
Not an endorsement of Biden (I’m still not there yet with *any* candidate), but this is a pretty effective ad. https://t.co/HrVJzC7fD0
— Cully Hamner (@CullyHamner) December 5, 2019
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