- Ben Ray LujanCongressman
President Obama & USDE: Gay HS Student Leader commits suicide due to bullying, Create mandatory age-appropriate anti-bullying curriculum
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
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.
Jesse Lopez started this petition with a single signature, and now has 3,131 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.