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Bullied gay teen who hanged himself, dies after clinging to life for 16 days

Sunday, February 3, 2013

LA GRANDE, Ore. — Jadin Bell, a 15-year-old gay teen who hanged himself two weeks ago after complaining of bullying, died Sunday afternoon at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital on Portland.

Jadin Bell

Jadin was taken off life support more than a week ago after tests showed no brain activity.

Bud Hill, a close family friend, told The Oregonian earlier this week that Jadin, who was openly gay, had complained the week prior that he was being bullied, and had talked to a counselor at La Grande High School, where he was a sophomore.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, Jadin went to the playground of Central Elementary School, climbed on a play structure and hanged himself.

Hill said Saturday that doctors expected Jadin to pass by this weekend; his mother, father and an aunt and uncle in the Portland area were said to be by his side.

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  1. :-(

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:49pm
  2. Sad :(

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:49pm
  3. its sad

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:49pm
  4. :’(

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:49pm
  5. Be at peace.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:49pm
  6. ;(

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:49pm
  7. :(

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:50pm
  8. Oh ya… That’ll teach those bullies… What a waste.. :/

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:50pm
  9. Rest in Peace Angel!

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:50pm
  10. oh no! i will pray for his family my heart and tears r with them <3

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:50pm
  11. Hanged? Do they mean hung??

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:50pm
  12. Absolutely not acceptable. This must stop!

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:50pm
  13. Should never of happen. Another lost, young life. We are all EQUAL!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:50pm
  14. Please God put your loving arms around the family and be with them at this moment….Amen <3

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:50pm
  15. No more sons should have to die:( how sad

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:50pm
  16. just isnt right noone should be treated that way :(

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:51pm
  17. so sad..

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:51pm
  18. Prayers to this young mans family! How sad…

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:51pm
  19. RIP Jadin…

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:51pm
  20. James who cares on spelling that is not the issue. A precious life has been lost. My heart goes out to his family.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:51pm
  21. …;’(

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:52pm
  22. For every one on the news there are about 4 move that don’t even make it onto the news.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:52pm
  23. RIP – :(

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:52pm
  24. God bless him, his parents, family and friends. God forgive those who bullied him and learn from his death. May good come from this.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:52pm
  25. So sad…. Reminds me of my friend… He killed himself too… Gives me chills

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:52pm
  26. so said…..absolutely un-acceptable….why did a young person have to loose his life because of IGNORANCE!!! just to sad….

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:53pm
  27. Yes, this is sad, however, if you write an article, please check your grammar. With that said, my heart goes out to his family!

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:53pm
  28. :( :(

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:53pm
  29. :( awful news, charge the bullies with murder !!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:53pm
  30. God rest your precious soul……NO ONE should have to face this kind of persecution!

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:54pm
  31. how sad :(

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:54pm
  32. Rip

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:54pm
  33. Homophobes that caused this should know what its like to be down that road instead of driving innocent souls to a noose and a chair, those sick disgusting bastards

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:54pm
  34. Please those of you who are parents. Teach your children to speak up if they see someone being bullied. RIP Jadin.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:54pm
  35. prayers to his family

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:54pm
  36. Very sad. We need to do better.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:55pm
  37. Dats so sad people needs to stop and leave others alone

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:55pm
  38. so sad. another needless tragedy. what is this world coming to? R.I.P. Jadin.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:55pm
  39. she shits gottts stop!

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:55pm
  40. :’(

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:55pm
  41. what a waste… another beautiful young person gone too soon :’(

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:56pm
  42. tragic and the boy scouts ban gays and they too are bully’s

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:56pm
  43. I wish for the day of all to enjoy life and none to hide in fear.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:56pm
  44. Sweet Boy you were loved and your memory will live on.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:56pm
  45. R.I.P…

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:56pm
  46. RIP young one.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:56pm
  47. :( Prayers to his family

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:56pm
  48. Our thought and prayers are with the family, friends and loved ones ;-(

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:57pm
  49. Such a tragedy…:(

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:57pm
  50. Call me cynical. While this is sad, it should be less important that the kid was homosexual than it is that he killed himself because of bullies. Yes, its slap in the face for the LGBTQ but I dont think his sexuality should be the determining factor in the level of upsetting this is.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:57pm
  51. :’(

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:58pm
  52. His bullies should be beaten up and humiliated by some big, strong, gay guys. That would be amazing.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:58pm
  53. Why are people becoming so weak.. Im sure there is more to this then him just being gay.. “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger!” It’s sad but we were born with a backbone for a reason.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:58pm
  54. Very sad.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:58pm
  55. Sad =’(, no one deserves to die because of some Stupid bully decides to be a jerk…

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:59pm
  56. Rest eternal grant unto him oh Lord.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:59pm
  57. My prayers and thoughts go out to his loved ones. He’s over the Rainbow with Jesus now.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:59pm
  58. :’(

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:59pm
  59. This will keep happening until Equality is established and bullying is prevented
    this Man will not have died in vain.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:59pm
  60. Awful. )= I wish people of other orientations who get bullied into these situations would get covered equally though, this sort of thing doesn’t just happen to gay people and is a lot more common than most people think but it never gets any coverage.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:59pm
  61. :’(

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:01pm
  62. RIP. How sad. My thoughts are with him and his family.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:01pm
  63. @James Costagna “Hung” is used for things like hanging a coat, “hanged” is for the death penalty type of hang.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:01pm
  64. So sad!

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:01pm
  65. very tragic :(

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:01pm
  66. So sad i feel him you feel so helpless when you know you are gay and a teen. you think no one will understand and that you will be all alone. But young people IT GETS BETTER!!Don’t give up! Millions have felt the same way you have and now we all look back and think i can’t believe i felt that way. Say Strong and ask for help if you need it! It does get better!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:02pm
  67. This makes me so sad. RIP Jadin.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:02pm
  68. Awful :(

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:03pm
  69. Who cares he is gay? He is still a living person, with feelings like everyone else!! This makes me so sick to hear people bullying gay people..

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:03pm
  70. Similar local tragedies prompted us to produce this video and series. Please share it with friends and spread the message. You never know who it may help: http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2013/01/iwantyoutoknow.html

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:03pm
  71. That is incredibly sad. May you rest in paradise! :(

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:03pm
  72. GRHS… Now its time to publicly hang the bully. I don’t care his age. His parents too. He didn’t learn that hate on his own.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:04pm
  73. Josh I doubt you have been bullied if you have you wouldn’t go on about people being weak and needing backbones.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:04pm
  74. RIP in peace Jadin Bell this and the things leading upto this to cause you to think you should take your own life should of never happened

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:04pm
  75. So sad! The bigotry has got to stop!

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:04pm
  76. Very heartbreaking…

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:05pm
  77. :-(

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:05pm
  78. Why? Why do people do utterly cruel things?

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:06pm
  79. i don’t understand why this kind of thing still happens! like i think we’ve seen enough of these hate crimes! learn to accept people for their differences in opinions, religions, races, sexuality, like none of those things should be things that cause violence. as for everyone else, i hope none of your experiences get this bad. we all need to stick up for each other. people are people. R.I.P. buddy, hope they treat you equally wherever you are <3

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:07pm
  80. Bulling for any reason is wrong.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:07pm
  81. There is no excuse for bullying. This poor kid! I feel so badly for his family. omg I can’t even imagine…

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:11pm
  82. Here’s hoping Jadin’s family is okay….

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:12pm
  83. so sad.. when will it stop.. when will the kids learn it gets better.. the losers that bust you when in school.. are lssers in life ..wish his bright light was still here to shine on

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:16pm
  84. Very very sad. Prayers for his family. May his soul finally be at peace. Heartbreaking. (But the correct verbiage is “hanged”)

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:17pm
  85. Can we stop all this madness!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:17pm
  86. Very sad….

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:17pm
  87. :( :( R.I.P Jadin

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:23pm
  88. :-( sometimes it doesn’t get better, good-bye Jadin

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:24pm
  89. SORRY!

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:27pm
  90. Jadin, R.I.P. Your life was precious. ALL life is precious. Whether gay, straight or something in between, love and loving are human, and no one should be faulted for this.
    Finally, to all you f*cking a** holes who keep liking this post, may you be banished to the fires of hell for your insensitivity, bigotry, intolerance and basic lack of human decency.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:30pm
  91. It Gets Better is not enough. We need to Make It Better Now…this boys death was so very unnecessary. People can disagree with homosexuality but why do they feel the need to be cruel and mean?!

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:31pm
  92. It just depresses me hearing that this is still happening and yet at the same time, I know it’s going to still continue.. bullying for any reason is incredibly wrong, there’s a difference between voicing your opinion and meaning to hurt someone. R.I.P. Jadin, my condolences go out to the friends and families affected. The only question on my mind right now is when will younger generations learn tolerance? My generation needs to be their core example… this all just needs to end, suicide, and bullying, period.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:32pm
  93. Too FUCKING sad. When will the message to stop bullying get through peoples heads. Hey parents, do your god damn job and teach your kids that bullying is wrong!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:37pm
  94. I am so sorry to hear this. May he rest in peace

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:41pm
  95. This Has to STOP!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:47pm
  96. :’0(

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 7:51pm
  97. How sad & cruel for this young man had to subjected to others hatefullness . This world continues to disappoint me so I can only imagine how disappointed our creator of all creation must be in awe of the cruelty we continue to inflict on each other…. Someone let me know when they open up a new planet… I wanna go and let the haters stay here!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:02pm
  98. So sad R.I.P. I hope his haters get their asses whopped…

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:06pm
  99. As a father now, things strike me differently these days. I know growing up, not as a gay young man, but a very socially outside, childhood is too difficult. I know my son will struggle with the same issues I had. I don’t mean to turn this from a discussion of harassment targeting homosexual children, but any child that feels “outside” needs our understanding and protection.

    Should my child be gay, or just a little too sensitive like his father, he will need to know that these bullies are small-small people.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:09pm
  100. I don’t like. The bullies should be made public by the media.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:09pm
  101. So sad. R.I.P Jaiden.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:10pm
  102. very very sad R.I.P

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:15pm
  103. Rest In Peace young one. I don’t know what else to say. You’re gone too soon. Peace, Love, and Respect.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:18pm
  104. Something is very wrong with our country- we will never be the beacon of light that we claim to be until we have a culture that nurtures ALL of its people…My heart goes out to that young man and his family.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:19pm
  105. So wrong!

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:22pm
  106. that is so sad

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:22pm
  107. Why does this happen to our young future kids

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:23pm
  108. My prayers are with the family and that’s a very sad story. I hope all of us can be more proactive when we see warning signs of bullied teens.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:28pm
  109. Change is on the winds
    We will make things better

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:29pm
  110. do we care yet do we care enough to stop bulllying, please care

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:31pm
  111. RIP. Barely lived. So, so tragic.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:39pm
  112. So SAD!

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:42pm
  113. Don’t blame the bully, blame the homo that was too weak to live. Choosing suicide over having to deal with your problems is weak. I’ve been bullied, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to hang myself. This kid was weak and he chose the easy way out. The world’s a better place without people like him imo.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:53pm
  114. Why? Why do people think it is ok to bully another? RIP, you did not deserve this.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:54pm
  115. I’m sorry, I don’t understand why people liked this post? This is so sad :(

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:55pm
  116. this is horribly saddening, the hate must be stopped

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:59pm
  117. R.I.P return if possible. sick people, they only bullied him cause he was better

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 9:07pm
  118. How tragic.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 9:11pm
  119. Again another life passes prematurely. Bullys know the difference between right and wrong, if this was directly related to the bullying then they should be helped accountable. Saddened.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 9:15pm
  120. Held accountable even.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 9:16pm
  121. So sad to hear the bullied teen who hung himself on the playground passed away :(

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 9:24pm
  122. This is very, very sad.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 9:58pm
  123. Very Sad indeed.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 10:09pm
  124. wow! I’m sad that this happened……I’m tired of kids doing this to themselves because they are picked on because they are gay or different from the social norm and feel because they don’t fit in that they think they should take their lives…THIS NEEDS TO STOP RIGHT NOW……..!

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 10:23pm
  125. May the LORD wrap his arms around you…your in a better place!

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 10:24pm
  126. This has got to stop!! I was picked on as a kid in school. But back then, it wasn’t considered bullying. Kids were just expressing themselves. There has to be better education and support for LGBT youth. We are all human and should be treated equal.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 10:35pm
  127. Why??? I agree with Lauryn, THIS HAS GOT TO STOP!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 11:04pm
  128. This is absolutely terrible! Poor kid! :(

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 11:04pm
  129. I seen this posted by someone else and I must say I am highly indifferent to this. It happens all the time and if anyone cared it would probably happen less frequent but we live in a very apathetic society.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 11:05pm
  130. :n(

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 11:06pm
  131. How tragic that it came to this.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 11:08pm
  132. Very sad!

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 11:10pm
  133. there is NO reason this should still happen. breaks my heart for his family and for humanity

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 11:14pm
  134. Michael Veizaga: You are a sad piece of work. What happened to this beautiful person is not a wek or easy way out, in fact that does not even enter his mind when he did this. he was in the Abyss a place many go when they can no longer make sense, in such a depressed state, it is like being dead yet alive. You should be ashamed of your self for even commenting as you have. GO REST HIGH ON THE MOUNTAIN YOUNG ONE< YOUR PAIN ON EARTH IS DONE.:(

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 11:16pm
  135. My heart just dropped :( R.I.P. Jadin Bell.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 11:18pm
  136. My sincerest condolences to his family, his loved ones, and well… may God allow this young man into the Heavens, in final peace and comfort.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 11:54pm
  137. this is sad so young

    Posted on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 12:51am
  138. His poor parents. There’s no kind of worse hell for them.

    Posted on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 3:49am
  139. Sad!

    Posted on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 4:52am
  140. So sad R.I.P Jadin

    Posted on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 5:19am
  141. Extremely tragic ~ RIP

    Posted on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 6:08am
  142. i would have been his friend, i feel bad people feel the need to do this:(

    Posted on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 7:36am
  143. We still arent there yet. Jadin Bell is a prime example of how far we are from where we need to be. It’s interesting my mother, an African American woman told me about the overt prejudiced she faced when growing up. She fell in love w/ a Caucasian man, got married and my brother and I were the result of that love that overcame the societal boundaries of that time and place, Vienna Georgia, not really known for its racial tolerance. 15 years later, I came out to my parents, it was met with a response that to this day still hurts my heart and puts a strain on a relationship that is just now beginning to be put back together. Despite living through a time when my mother was threatened and had her house burned to the ground because of who she chose to love, my parents still could not accept the notion that I was a lesbian. Slowly they became a little more tolerant of it, but this is only after being forced to live on my own since i was 16. I could have been Jadin, and I almost was. If not for being surrounded by friends I too would have been lost. Please! To everyone who would think to haze, bully, marginalize, disown, disassociate with, look down on any member of the LGBTQ community find it in your heart to have an ounce of compassion. No matter who you love, we’re all people and ALL on the SAME TEAM!

    Posted on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 9:21am
  144. Such a shame. I hope the ones who did the bullying have to live with a dark cloud over their heads for the rest of their lives.

    Posted on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 10:55am
  145. Aweeee.what a BEAUTIFUL boy! Gee this is SO sad. At this moment I pay my deepest respects to his loved ones. I want to pay tribute to your life . Love you always.Aubz and the rest of the South African Gay nation.RIP angel. Xx

    Posted on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11:25am
  146. Sad.

    Posted on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 12:15pm