A family friend of an Eastern Oregon teenager who tried to commit suicide says the boy had recently been bullied because he is gay.
Bud Hill told The Oregonian newspaper he wouldn’t say bullying was the whole cause of the attempt, but it was a “contributor.”
The boy, 15-year-old Jadin Bell, tried to hang himself Jan. 19. A spokesman at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland said late Wednesday afternoon that Bell remains in critical condition.
Hill says Bell’s family has always been very supportive of the boy’s sexual orientation, but some La Grande High School students called him names, and he complained about bullying to a school counselor.
The La Grande Observer reported that about 200 people, most of them students, attended a vigil for Bell last week.