Livingston went on air, saying she wanted to encourage children not to be hurt by this kind of bullying. Then she went on talk shows. The man who sent the email, personal injury lawyer Kenneth Krause, reportedly said he had not intended to be hurtful. Clementi killed himself in after his roommate, Dharun Ravi, used a webcam to spy on him while he was kissing another man in a dorm room. Clementi found out about the spying by way of Twitter.
Days later, he was dead. One of them was California middle-schooler Seth Walsh, who hanged himself after withstanding a daily gantlet of harassment, including being goaded to commit suicide, relatives told the Los Angeles Times. In the Rutgers case, Ravi was convicted in March of 15 counts of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy.
He spent 20 days in jail and is appealing the conviction. Although the issue of bullying often focuses on gay teens, National Bullying Prevention Month was launched by people concerned with the plight of disabled children. Pacer, a Minnesota nonprofit created to help children with disabilities and their families, opened its National Bullying Prevention Center in and started National Bullying Prevention Month. Then, it was actually bullying-prevention week. In , the week became a month as participation grew. The organization has a range of supporters, including national educator and parent organizations as well as celebrities.
Demi Lovato was the first star spokeswoman in Ellen DeGeneres also is a fan. The talk show host was among those who heeded the inaugural Unity Day call in Pacer asks everyone to wear orange for a day to show their support for the anti-bullying effort. Wednesday is Unity Day Coincidentally, DeGeneres plans to have anchorwoman Jennifer Livingston on her show this week to talk about her shout-out to bullied children. All profits go to the Pacer cause. Leclerc, in an email for The Times, said she was a victim of bullying.
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