Family Attributes Kenneth Weishuhn’s Death To Bullying
Primghar, Iowa is a small Midwestern town of 900 people. The town website says
that “Primghar was built on cobblestones and heritage. Our unique blend
of heritage combined with the friendliness and the caring spirit of our
people makes Primghar a great place to call home.”
was a great place to call home for some of the people living in
Primghar, while it was a living hell for a young resident of the town. Kenneth Weishuhn, was 14 years
old, and a freshman at South O'Brien High School, who just recently
came out to his family and friends. His family members claim that the
bullying and harassment that he experienced over the next month, caused
Kenneth to end his young life.
to various press accounts, students at South O’Brien High School in
Paullina, Iowa started calling him names. Someone set up a Facebook page
directed at him, that said “I Hate Gays,” and he was taunted with gay
slurs and harassing messages online. He received phone calls with death
threats, and said to his mother, “Mom, you don't know how it feels to be
On Sunday April 15th, 2012 Kenneth tragically took his own life.
According to the local NBC news affiliate KTIV:
“People that were originally his friends, they kind of turned on him," said his sister Kayla Weishuhn.
started in school, according Kayla, a sophomore.
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