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Anti-LGBT bullying contributes to suicide by Maryland teen

Sunday, April 8, 2012

GLEN BURNIE, Md. — Kenneth (“Kenny”) Wolf, a 14-year-old freshman at Old Mill High School in Millersville, Md., died Friday at Baltimore Washington Medical Center following a suicide attempt Thursday night, LGBTQ Nation has learned.

Kenny identified as bisexual, according to classmates, and was constantly bullied because of his sexual orientation.

Kenny Wolf

Sources told LGBTQ Nation that Kenny hanged himself late Thursday.

A spokesperson at the Anne Arundel County police department on Saturday confirmed the teen’s “death,” but declined to indicate cause — official cause of death would be determined by the state medical examiner’s office.

A memorial page on Facebook is here, and a YouTube memorial is here.

Services are scheduled for Saturday.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed Kenneth’s age as 15. Kenneth was born Sept. 17, 1997, and was 14 at the time of his death.

Editor’s Note: If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide or needs support, please don’t hesitate to call the Trevor Project‘s Lifeline at (866) 488-7386.

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25 more reader comments:

  1. Another one gone..Rip

    Posted on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 1:12pm
  2. If only the suicidal kids could find me before they do it, Im sure they would enjoy a friendship with me but they need to find me first. I will be their friend =)

    Posted on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 1:13pm
  3. again, when does this end!? -_- :(

    Posted on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 1:15pm
  4. So sad!! Need to make it stop!!

    Posted on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 1:15pm
  5. My thoughts and Prayers give me pause on this easter for the family of this young person. Wow how lucky am I.. I pause for this family wow.. We must do somthing more then what we are doing to battle this to ensure there will be no more deaths because od BULLYING.. WE MUST DO BETTER. WE MUST BE BETTER.. WE ARE GREAT & THIS DOES NOT NEED TO HAPPEN.. I Pray The Almight God above gives this family comfort in this His day of Resurection. “BLESSED ARE THEY THAT MOURN.” Letter of Paul to the Corrinthians.

    Posted on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 1:16pm
  6. And the beat goes on? When will this end?

    Posted on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 1:17pm
  7. thts sad D:

    Posted on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 1:18pm
  8. It will sadly never end, don’t see a day where bullying is ever completely eradicated.

    It won’t be significantly reduced until schools start taking it more seriously, state legislatures stop fighting against anti bullying laws (or fighting to allow religious exemptions which are nothing more than licenses to bully) and until there is a national standard in place that states that there are going to be very real repercussions for this sort of thing and not a mere slap on the wrist.

    Even then I feel that there’s going to have to be some bullies made examples of before it begins to sink into the other students that “hey this really isn’t an okay thing to do”

    Posted on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 1:23pm
  9. This has to stop. The government has to give in, & enact laws to stop bullies, & give gay rights already. Were the most modern country in the world, but were still behind the times. Other countries have given LGBTQ rights already.

    Posted on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 1:24pm
  10. What an absolute travesty and such a loss of a young and promising life.

    Posted on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 1:25pm
  11. Posted on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 1:26pm
  12. :’(

    Posted on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 1:40pm
  13. This needs to stop! I am one of the lucky ones my suicide attempts failed but bully has left me with scars both literally from cutting myself but the emotional scars are even worse

    Posted on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 1:56pm
  14. Bullying *

    Posted on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 1:57pm
  15. HEAVEN JUST GOT ANOTHER ANGEL …. Rest In peace Dear boy, and Soon enough this bullying and hardships in this disgusting world will end, may you watch down upon us all http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hASQH9EfQA&feature=related

    Posted on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 1:59pm
  16. Rest in peace. <3

    Posted on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 2:01pm
  17. AHHHHH!
    COME ON PEOPLE YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL JUST THE WAY YOU ARE.PLEASE FIGHT BACK WITH YOUR WORDS AND DON’T GIVE UP BECAUSE ALL THE BULLIES WILL WIN. TIME TO TURN THE TABLES -_-
    RIP to all of our brothers and sisters and may they rest in peace in Heaven with the other Angels :x

    Posted on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 2:28pm
  18. :(

    Posted on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 3:18pm
  19. RIP Kenny Wolf :’( <3

    Posted on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 6:09pm
  20. so sad why can’t everyone stop being a bully and just let people live in peace.

    Posted on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 6:13pm
  21. RIP Kenny Wolf :(

    Posted on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 6:19pm
  22. my heart goes out to Kenny’s friends and family, who imagine might be thinking, ‘if only…’ If only…

    Posted on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 6:20pm
  23. You know, I’d really like to know, if you all haven’t already, figured out the total of suicides already in 2012. I know it’s well in the double digits. Statistics tell hard truths. Maybe we should focus more on that now.

    Posted on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 6:51pm
  24. is it true that this in florida

    Posted on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 6:54pm
  25. Another lost kid it’s got to stop

    Posted on Monday, April 9, 2012 at 3:29am