Friday, October 15, 2010

Gay Texas councilman's anti-suicide plea to bullied teens goes viral

A city councilman in Fort Worth, Texas, has rocketed into cyberspace prominence in a video pleading with gay teens not to commit suicide and tearfully recounting his own ordeals as a bullied schoolboy.
Councilman Joel Burns made the appeal during a 12-minute speech to the council on Tuesday. The speech was recorded on video and placed on YouTube.
He first told the story of taunted teens who did commit suicide and then told of his own struggles.
"Yes, high school was difficult, coming out was painful, but life got so much better for me," Burns said. "And I want to tell any teen who might see this, give yourself a chance to see how much better life will get, and it will get better. ... Life will get so, so, so much better."
Burns uploaded his speech to YouTube on Wednesday, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Links were quickly posted on Facebook, the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Gawker and, in England, The Guardian's news blog, the newspaper said.
By Friday evening, the video had received more than 566,000 hits on YouTube, and Burns was being lauded on social networking sites.
The video also won him invitations to national TV appearances Friday on CNN and CBS news shows, the Star-Telegram reported.

Gay Texas councilman's anti-suicide plea to bullied teens goes viral 


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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hot off the Press

Technology has bothe become our greatest friend and our most feared enemy. These 3 teens learned this the ahrd way:

"Three teenagers, whose names appeared on a “kill list” posted on Facebook alongside the names of 66 others, have been killed in the past 10 days in a southwestern Colombian town.
The Colombian police are investigating the case, but are unsure who posted the list, or why it contains these particular names.
According to CNN and local media outlets, two killings happened on August 15 — two days before the the list was posted on Facebook warning the people named that they had three days to leave the town of Puerto Asis. At first the police thought the list was a joke, but then a second list with 31 additional names appeared, and a third person on the list was killed on August 20. Another young man was wounded while escaping the attackers.
This prompted the authorities to launch an investigation and post a reward of 5 million pesos (around $2,750) for information about the kill list and the murders.
Gang violence isn’t uncommon in Puerto Asis; according to the authorities, a criminal gang Los Rastrojos as well as a Marxist guerrilla group called the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia are present in the area. However, the use of Facebook to warn the victims, as well as the unknown origin and the purpose of the mysterious list, all make the case highly unusual." ~ Mashable

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