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Jadin BellPortland, OR – A 15-year-old boy is still clinging to life after hanging himself from some playground equipment at Central Elementary School.

Last Saturday, Jadin Bell was found by a passerby after the teen had climbed on top of a play structure and hanged himself. The person who found Bell tried rescuing the teen who was taken to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital where he remains on life support.

Reports are that Bell is an openly gay student at LHS where he is also a cheerleader. Even though he has a supportive family and large network of friends, Bell has been the target of bullying, reportedly in person and online.

School administrators confirmed that Bell had recently spoken with a school counselor and that they were investigating “a name calling incident.” In light of Bell’s attempted suicide, they’e also concerned about the other teen who was involved. Friends say that Bell had complained about bullying before, but that they have a hard time believing that this is what lead to Bell trying to take his own life.

“Nobody saw any signs of depression,” family friend Bud Hill said. “If he was depressed, he hid it really well.” La Grande High School teacher Kevin Cahill said he will miss Bell and commented on how hard it may have been for the teen. “Being 15 and gay in northeast Oregon is not optimum; you are going to develop calluses, or find other ways to cope,” he said.

On Wednesday, close to 200 people attended a vigil for Bell where those that knew him spoke of the teen’s outgoing personality and ability to lift spirits. “Jadin always remembers people no matter what,” said LHS junior Frankie Benitez. “He always gives a compliment to everybody the first time he meets them,” said the parent of another LHS student. “He always has a smile on his face.” La Grande High senior Edith Moore believes Bell probably did not realize how loved he was and would have not attempted to kill himself if he had known.

Bell’s mother, Lola Lathrop, said their family is overwhelmed by the outpouring of support they have received and the kind words being spoken about her son. “We always knew that Jadin is a special person. Now everyone knows.” Lathrop also addressed potential bullies. “The next time you are thinking of being unkind to someone, think to yourself, if that person was a member of your family, would you want them treated like that?”

I don’t think you will ever get rid of bullying completely as it’s part of our biological makeup to ostracize those that are perceived different from the collective norm. Hell, you see that in our own comment sections whenever someone pops in with an opinion that goes against the grain. Even with strict rules against bullying and educationawareness, which are a good start, I feel teen bullying won’t be brought to its absolute minimum until teens make it sociably unacceptable and begin ostracizing the bully.

In other words, I do not foresee an end to these types of articles.

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  • CT

    The thing that stuck out for me that was people talked how he always had a smile on his face. You can have a smile on your face and feel like shit inside. It’s easy to keep secrets when others or even one person makes you feel like you aren’t good enough. Keep it all inside and maybe it won’t hurt anymore – it will go all way if you pretend it isn’t happening. I hope this kid makes it.

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    I do feel bad for him, given that I have teenage relatives who are out and have been subjected to bullying over their sexual preference, but WHY did he choose to hang himself in an elementary school playground? I’m just grateful that he was found by an adult and not a child or children.

  • OutOfBubbleGum

    A Bell hanging in the school’s playground? We now need some unprotected sex for a clapper.

  • Zazen

    I had a friend in high school who committed suicide. No one suspected he would ever do that, he was well-loved and fairly popular. From everything people said about this boy, he sounds so much like my friend Larry; always a smile, always a kind word.

    I hope he makes it–if not, what a tragedy. The world simply becomes lesser without people like him in it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/KyttenMeow Kytten Le’Mew

    I thought I read somewhere yesterday, they took him off life support. So very sad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/KyttenMeow Kytten Le’Mew
  • kimbev69

    this is sad

  • Andyman

    How do you name your son Jadin and not expect him to learn his deviant ways? Sorry, I don’t think you’re pre-programmed. I think you learned it. That may not be the PC way but it is what I staunchly believe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rochell-Arnold/100000587657456 Rochell Arnold

    Horrible. I wish there had been a different outcome. Kids are mean little fuckers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rochell-Arnold/100000587657456 Rochell Arnold

    I hate bullies. I worry about this shit with my son often. Right now and he won’t tell me who because he knows I will go ape shit on the admin for not stopping it he’s being bullied for being a bit over weight….he’s 10 and is a bit chubby but it still pisses me off that kids can be so fucking ruthless.

  • Sam

    Are they sure he hung himself? I don’t know why, but reading this it feels like maybe somebody took their bullying one step further.

  • LeaveMeBe

    The truth is you just never know what was going on in someone’s mind who suicides. If we so easily understood it would be that much more preventable.

  • newstarshipsmell

    “Being 15 and gay in northeast Oregon is not optimum; you are going to develop calluses, or find other ways to cope,” he said.

    An unfortunate choice of words, considering the teen’s choice of “coping” mechanism.

  • newstarshipsmell

    They took him off life-support, so I suppose he won’t be confronting his father with “My name is Jadin! How do you do? Now you’re gonna die!”

  • Andyman

    Sorry to hear that but it was probably for the best if that was the decision that was made. I had a next door neighbor in college named Sid. He went to ASU and dove off a cliff into a lake/body of water and he broke his neck. He was a quadriplegic from that moment on and despite returning to college and having a great support network the quality of life was substandard at best. I always wondered if he wished he would have died. I never asked him but the answer seemed obvious when you look at the care and quality of life (or lack thereof) he experienced moving forward.

  • tkaz

    Don’t let anyone steal your sparkle.
    For some reason this kid looks like he has a lot to offer the world – I hope he makes it.

  • tkaz

    Oh no! :(

  • tkaz

    I live in AZ (hence my name, duh) & we grew up knowing NOT to do that. My husband lost a friend that way at Salt River.
    I think SOME people can make a worthwhile life not matter what hand they’re dealt. I suppose that’s why they’re called survivors. :)

  • Andyman

    It is amazing how fragile life really is. We are all bombarded with stories daily about how life for someone was snuffed out way ahead of schedule. Hell just reading DD daily is proof enough although I like to think that by reading about all the hell and mayhem in this life that I somehow appreciate still being able to throw my two cents in. And hug my 5 year old and appreciate her a little more.

  • Guest

    Nooo kidding… O.O

  • darsa

    “Hell, you see that in our own comment sections whenever someone pops in with an opinion that goes against the grain.” …noooo kidding. O.O

  • JohnQknowitall

    Teenagers can be monsters, but even teen behaviors, as a group, change as their parents change. Women working outside the home at one point was “strange.”

  • tkaz

    I definitely hug my kids more since reading the DD. Meet my teen halfway when construction (unknown workers) is happening by the house & I hate to say I’m more scared, fear isn’t going to help anyone…but I’m certainly more alert!

  • Andyman

    One of my absolute favorite expressions is, “What you think about me is none of my business.”
    http://smartliving365.com/what-you-think-about-me-is-none-of-my-business/

  • Andyman

    There is a big difference between being scared (paranoid, whatever the term) and being aware of your surroundings and the possible peril that can ensue from not doing so.

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    You also grow up in AZ knowing not to 4-wheel in the dry washes during the summer (Monsoon Season). That doesn’t stop people from doing it anyhow.

  • glitterpuss

    Yeah I think there’s something to be said about how you’re raised, even though some people are just bad seeds regardless how their parents try. It was never personally in *my* makeup to abuse someone and make them feel like shit for no reason, not only that but it was my nature to stick up for these kids in school. It’s a choice to be an asshole.

  • brandi

    i’m sorry this may sound stupid as fuck, but i’m trying to figure out if you are talking about the name jadin, and how it must’ve had an effect on his characteristics, or if there’s some deviant out there with the name jadin, who is a satin worshiper or something, that this kid could have learned from?

  • Athena

    Is this some poor attempt at sarcasm, or are you really that last dude who’s clinging to the belief that the earth is flat?

  • nowitzki41

    being gay in oregon isnt optimum? thats one of the best places to be gay.

  • Evan Oswald

    there’s gunna be a big hole at the top of that cheerleading pyramid this year…sniffle sniffle.
    .
    This kid killed himself over getting teased because he was different. Giving people a hard time for being weird ISN’T NEW. People be pussy’s, because everyone is catered to, IS NEW. This kid was a victim of society, not bullies.
    .
    Plus he killed himself – how am I to feel bad for him? Idiot drama queen.

  • Andyman

    I dunno – I guess I meant that the name Jadin screams effeminate and gay to me and probably didn’t help his situation any in that regard anyway. The second part of my rant was basically that I don’t buy into being gay is learned behavior. In our PC society I guess I am supposed to accept whatever anyone comes up with but I am just not wired that way.

    I’m sure there is some derelict named Jadin who is a Satan worshiper but I don’t know that applies here.

  • Buffettgirl

    My motto has always been “What others think of you is none of your business”…

    This makes me so sad. I live in Portland, while I realize that this young man lived about 260 miles away in La Grande, I just can’t believe that this STILL goes on. I graduated high school in 1988, and back then my friends and I were actively fighting the bullying that a few gay kids at school were subjected to. (Even got the top “jock” suspended for a week and he almost didn’t graduate!) How, 25 years later does it seem to be worse now than it was back then? Aren’t we supposed to be enlightened now? It just such a shame…

  • Athena

    The article says Portland, but if this kid was in “Northeast Oregon” as the friend stated, that’s a very different world than the liberal portions of Western Oregon. The same can be said about the west and east parts of Washington. Very liberal around the big cities/I-5 corridor, but Bible-thumpin’ Republicanism toward the east. In fact, every so often, a representative in my state (WA) will propose an initiative to split the state because it’s so culturally different. Problem with that is, the eastern (rural) portions of Washington and Oregon could never survive economically without the western business centers.

  • brandi

    well, i’m sorry, and i don’t mean this to be rude. but my son’s name is Jayden, not spelled the same, but pronounced, and i do not believe he will be gay or made fun of seeing as how jayden was one of the most popular boy names of 2012. i strongly disagree that it had anything to do with the kids name, and highly take offense to what you said about the name in general, only because you’ve tried to say that the name had something to do with this kid being gay. i gave him the name and take pride in it, and (God forbid) he does turn out gay, i’ll never think to myself , brandi, you named him jayden, it’s your fault, the name HAD to have something to do with it! the earth MUST be flat athena!

  • newstarshipsmell

    I worship satin, but my name isn’t Jadin.

  • tkaz

    …just the stupid ones. ;P
    It never fails to amaze me how many are on the news because they’re stuck in flood waters. And they’re not even 4-wheeling, they’re ususally just SO SURE they can get across a low dipped road in a storm.

  • tkaz

    I didn’t know this – thank you. I suppose the eastern part backs up to very republican Idaho too, that probably has something to do with it? I always thought Oregon was uber-liberal.

  • brandi

    i knew this….. well i don’t know you name, but i already knew it wasn’t jadin, i’m guessing it’s something along the lines of bill or bob, or devil , you know something along those lines.

  • tkaz

    I’m impressed that there was such support in 88. I graduated 94 & I can remember this VERY effeminate “popular” kid going on & on about how he fingered some girl on a dance floor (attempting to throw off the scent of what we knew to be true) & that story STUCK. Oh he can’t be gay, he fingered a GIRL! LOL…. But see, no one CARED. He didn’t need to make up the story.
    Fast forward, on FB he is a very large, muscular, proud-to-be-gay man. He was kind of mean in HS but i was SO happy for him when I saw he finally was cool with himself. :)

  • Buffettgirl

    Not even all of us in the Portland Metro area are uber-liberal… ;-) Yes, the division is pretty clear cut in OR & WA. Anything east of the Cascades, or in general anything south of Eugene is conservative for the most part and the populations centers tend to be liberal.

  • tkaz

    Jayden, Aiden, Brayden….they’re the names of the 2000′s! Someday we will have a President named Braden or Cooper or Hunter. Best accept it…it’s our future, man!! :)
    That being said, I seriously named my son Bob. I wanted as normal as possible BECAUSE normal is now abnormal. Make sense of THAT! My daughters name isn’t so traditional however.

  • tkaz

    Do you wrap yourself up in it & cuddle? ;)

  • brandi

    may i ask what her name is? yea really you never find anyone named bob, unless they are in their 40′s

  • brandi

    whispers *(he does)*

  • Evan Oswald

    now women putting in work around the house is ‘strange’ jk jk jk

  • CT

    Come to my house and say that Mister. (Actually, I chuckled way too loud reading this comment.)

  • Buffettgirl

    I think the support we provided had a lot to do with my Mom. Strange as it seems, my fairly conservative mother did her thesis on homosexuality in college. Mind you this was in the early to mid 60′s. As straight-laced as Mom is, human sexuality was never a taboo subject in our home, so it seemed natural for me to fight the idiots that bullied the gay kids.

    On the other hand, I am always entertained by the people that fight their own instincts and go over the top to prove that they are something other than what, if they are true to themselves, they are. One of my friends that went on to become “Miss Gay Portland” tried for years to convince us he wasn’t gay… just until he entered and won that pagent that is!

  • tkaz

    To be clear his name is Robert Walter after his grandfathers but goes by Bob/Bobby.
    My daughter is Ashton, NOT after Kutcher but after the southern belle in North & South by John Jakes. I was 10 & fell in love with the name…I didn’t realize what a bitch Ashton Main was.
    THEN stupid Kutcher came on the scene & everyone was like, oh you named her after that new guy? No. No, I didn’t.

  • tkaz

    Bob!?!?!?
    (LOL)

  • tkaz

    Whispering makes things so creepy….

  • brandi

    i like it, i used to have a friend named ashton. and no it wasn’t the kutcher guy, it was a she as well. i’m sure she gets alot of flak for that name now a days.

  • brandi

    it’s just so normal, and he’s so… well…. not lol

  • brandi

    yea it does. but so does worshiping satin! lol

  • tkaz

    She does, her teachers assume she’s going to be male. She’s this blonde, 5’10″ beauty…stop them in their tracks.

  • LuluMontegut

    I thought the same thing, thank god a class of children did not discover that scene. Then again, i think maybe he went to a playground because it is associated with the last time he was truly happy. All of us who were bullied must surely remember that in preschool and maybe another year after that, that is when our peers were oblivious to diffrences. Ignorance is bliss

    Or i could just be a rambling fool reading into a playground suicide ;)

  • Cory

    I know everyone has different opinions on the matter but people who decide to take there own life due to bullying It’s on them, And that Is very sad our society and as far as the kid goes depending on how long he was hanging there Id say he could possibly have no brain waves and possibly mush by now

  • newstarshipsmell

    You know I can “hear” you, right? This is the internet.

  • G.I.R.L.

    I found out that all of the kids who bullied me in school turned out to be gay in disguise (and many of them still are). Isn’t that ironic? They called me gay for every reason but having sex with someone of my sex (didn’t lose my virginity until I was nearly 20); being smart, talented, and not trying to be anything like or unlike them; just being who i knew and felt I was.

    I still deal with it; just yesterday, a group of hoodlums attempted to get a reaction out of me by yelling “you’re gay as hell!” At me while grocery shopping. it bore no response from me since I saw them pouring their pennies in a coin-to-dollar machine which spoke volumes (they were older than me, unemployed, and still traveled in packs walking from street to street; they’re losers is what I’m saying!).

    It hurts as a kid(the first time i was called fag was when i was 8 and first time i got jumped for the very same reasons I was 9). You let that stuff go, it builds character. It’s hard not having someone around you who understands, but once you realize that it’s all temporary and you understand that those bullies are just projecting their fears and envy of you and hatred of their own selves on you, you begin to feel lighter and pretty thankful that you not only had to go through those trials but also survived it and came out on top.

    This boy needed to realize this. It’s unfortunate that he couldn’t.

  • Wildheart

    I love the Stupid Motorist Law we have here.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Wait, what?

  • Anosmia

    Wait…you say “I think you learned it,” implying that you believe being gay is something you choose/learn (i.e., people are not born gay). But below you say “I don’t buy into being gay is learned behavior,” implying that you believe being gay ISN’T something you choose/learn (i.e., people ARE born gay).

  • Anosmia

    It always makes me cringe when people are like, “Life is tough. Suck it up,” re: bullied kids who commit suicide. Bullying must be awful, especially when it centers on something you can’t help or change, like being gay. (Yeah, I’m one of those weirdos who believes that being gay isn’t a choice.) I just can’t imagine how crushing it must feel to be ridiculed/tortured for your biological makeup. Even if a kid is bullied for something he CAN change, I still feel sympathy for him and I would never want to minimize the despair and squashed self-esteem that drove him to suicide. Blaming a kid for not being tough enough to stick it out–as compared to blaming the bullies for driving him to suicide–seems like a form of victim-blaming.

  • Wildheart

    “The ‘Stupid Motorist Law’, which corresponds to section 28-910 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, states that any motorist who becomes stranded after driving around barricades to enter a flooded stretch of roadway may be charged for the cost of his/her rescue.”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stupid_Motorist_Law

  • newstarshipsmell

    LOL, that’s fantastic. I clicked the 2nd External Link (So-Called ‘Stupid Motorist Law’ Not Being Used In Pima County) and… LOLOLOLOLOLOL

    By Jim Becker, KOLD News 13 Reporter
    Posted 7-28-04

    The stupid motorist law is supposed to make wash crossers who ignore warning signs pay for their rescues. But, clearly, drivers are still testing the waters and surprisingly few are picking up the tab. Drivers can get tickets for ignoring barricades, for wreckless driving, even putting their children in danger.

    There is no ticket for being a stupid motorist. Under the law, fire departments can bill drivers for the cost of their rescues.

    While the law has been in effect for seven years, fire departments here in Pima County haven’t been collecting.

    So that glaring typo has been sitting there for over eight years… Good job, Tucson News Now!

  • newstarshipsmell

    “Wreckless Driving” – when you drive recklessly without actually getting into a wreck.

  • Buffettgirl

    One of the greatest mini-series EVER!

  • newstarshipsmell

    I noticed that too. But, you know, I like Andy, so I just let it slide.

    BTW, love your name/avatar.

  • newstarshipsmell

    How dare you question the flatness of the earth!? Downvote for you!

  • Zazen

    In Chicago, that’s a badge of honor right there.

  • Zazen
  • newstarshipsmell

    Why are you linking my browser’s Home Page to me?

  • Zazen

    Well, so everyone else can know the truth, duh!

  • newstarshipsmell

    Oh, right. Carry on!

  • brandi

    i wasn’t trying to hide :) but the correct term would be that you could “read” me…

  • Suzy Sears

    Do you know what would stop a bully? If the parents of the bully took off their belt and beat the ass off said bully! The next time he opens. His or her mouth again beat that ass again. Sooner or later the little fuckwad will figure out that running your mouth will cause pain to your ass. Then the world. Will be a nicer place( que the rose petals and bubbles). By the way I despise Dr.Spock!

  • LeaveMeBe

    I’m glad you’re focusing on someone else’s writing this time.

  • LeaveMeBe

    My BRAIN.

  • LeaveMeBe

    Psssst. He made the satin remark because you misspelled it in your original comment. I’m sorry to bust up the party but I just couldn’t take it anymore.

  • 18th40

    See what I mean Vern ? Careful, don’t slip in that.

  • brandi

    NO! you don’t have to be sorry. i’m not butt hurt… if someone got a laugh because of my spelling of satin/satan thats fine… i know satin is silk, and satan is the devil, but since he kept spelling that way, i had to too, it keeps things going.

  • LeaveMeBe

    Too late. :P

  • newstarshipsmell

    I would have been disappointed if you hadn’t played along, really. Don’t worry, I can tell from your name that you must be a black stripper with five kids on welfare, so I don’t hold you to the same standards of spelling and grammar that I do other posters here.

  • 18th40

    Saw a little shit that needed to be disturbed this fine Friday did we ?

  • alphatroll

    I think that was a typo.

  • alphatroll

    Best comment!

  • alphatroll

    YES. If people are evil, blame them for being evil, not their targets for being too weak to stand up to evil.

  • Buffettgirl

    It’s six kids – you forgot the one that was removed from her care… ;-)

  • Abroad

    In my experience it is children that are little monsters and people grow more and more civilized as they grow older. By the teenage years the viciousness and inconsiderate behaviour is finally starting to wear off most people. (Yes, we all know adult bullies, and there is no hope for them.)

  • FrikkenFrak

    I used to say “someday, they’ll get THEIRS”. WELL, years later I found out that all of the kids that bullied me in school turned up dead or in jail.

    I guess it’s true what that they say…..time (and the grim reaper and Bubba) heals all wounds.

  • FrikkenFrak

    Heartbreaking story. If my son had committed suicide because of bullying, I think I’d go bat shit Charles Bronson on the bullies.

  • alphatroll

    I wouldn’t say always, but more often than not. Civilized behavior has to be learned (or more precisely, it has to be taught).

  • alphatroll

    “Bubba heals all wounds?” Not sure what to think of that… ;)

  • AlwaysInFlyoverCountry

    I thought it was, “Time wounds all heels”.

    –Al

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1489869015 Lance Larkin

    Apparently they took him off life support just the the other day. Just an update.

  • Lovely_SimSim

    He died today… (Feb. 3rd, 2013)

  • tkaz

    Yes!!! Really stuck with me evidently….

  • Buffettgirl

    Funnily enough, I would have used Brett for a daughter! ;-)

  • captaingrumpy

    Sorry , but if someone commits suicide over “name calling”, then they are really shallow and would have ended things eventually anyway.

  • LeaveMeBe

    I don’t normally get upset over comments on here, especially yours because…well…you’re you. But it is beyond asinine to say that someone who is suicidal is shallow.

  • tkaz

    I thought about it with child #2 but there’s an Uncle Brett & I don’t really know him. But then, child #2 was a boy too….

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