President Obama  & USDE: Gay HS Student Leader commits suicide due to bullying, Create mandatory age-appropriate anti-bullying curriculum
  • Petitioned Ben Ray Lujan

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Ben Ray Lujan

President Obama & USDE: Gay HS Student Leader commits suicide due to bullying, Create mandatory age-appropriate anti-bullying curriculum

    1. Jesse Lopez
    2. Petition by

      Jesse Lopez

      Denver, CO

Carlos Vigil, a 17-year-old from New Mexico, posted a suicide note on his Twitter account moments before committing suicide and eventually taking his last breath on July 14, 2013.

In his final message to his family, friends and community Carlos wrote, “The kids in school are right, I am a loser, a freak, and a fag and in no way is this acceptable for people to deal with. I am sorry for not being a person that would make someone proud. I’m free now. Xoxo. Carlos.”

The news of Vigil’s suicide shocked his community, New Mexico, the nation and internationally. Carlos believed in stopping bullying in schools, so much in fact he had just returned from North Carolina where he was working on anti-bullying legislation days before his successful suicide.

We the signed petitioners are asking the President of the United States Barack Obama, the 50 Governors of the U.S. states, the mayor of the District of Columbia and school leaders throughout the country to implement a required 1-hour nine-week course focused on bullying in America, and their local communities.

Simply having “programs” with non-reaching benchmarks is not enough, we must begin to end hate in America. It starts with education, begins with our youth, and reaches out to all individuals of all races/colors, ages, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, religion and gender..

Ben Ray Lujan, Congressman
Please direct the U.S. Department of Education to create a task force focusing on the development of a school curriculum. This curriculum would ideally focus on areas of bullying. We ask this In memory of Carlos Vigil, and those we have lost and been affected by bullying. We come together to humbly ask for your help.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Emily Collopy LANGHORNE, PA
      • 10 months ago

      I knew Carlos

    • John Davis FRESNO, CA
      • 10 months ago

      I'll sign because I was bullied and I think that this is a problem, though I don't know that this will work. But what the hell, trying always beats the hell out of not trying.

    • larry rubin MILFORD, CT
      • 10 months ago

      Bullying has been endemic and still is in our "all people are create equal society". How can you only blame the bullies without including the parents, teachers and society in the fix?

      Too many parents, and society really want their children to be aggressive so they can be successful(in who's eyes). How are children supposed to understand when it is so clear to any sensitive individual that children usually are that in this society as we rate success

      as being more powerful and above others. It unfortunately is not limited to school bullying but is the basis of witch many people have forgotten was a wide spread and sincer belief in even America and when you think about it it is still widespread, just not talked about , EUGENICS. That seems to me as the end result that is more of a danger to us and the world than nuclear or biological weapons. Bullying must be discouraged at all ages, when I was a child do as I see, not as I was told really opened my eyes. At its full use eugenics only works in the end for a very very few.

    • dolores gurule BELEN, NM
      • 11 months ago

      People's lives should not be lost because of someone else's ignorance

    • Natasha Pritchett MYRTLE BEACH, SC
      • 11 months ago

      Be the change! Stop the bullying!!


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