Nigel Shelby, a 15-year-old student from Alabama, has taken his own life. The openly gay teenager would be bullied in high school.
Shelby was in 9th grade in Huntsville, Alabama and would be getting bullied because of his sexual orientation. On April 19, the 15-year-old boy committed suicide. Nadia M. Richardson, a former high school student, wrote the following about his death: "I am still processing this loss." Richardson is also behind the wheel of a mental health awareness campaign.
"We have so much to understand and so much work to do. Racism, sexism, homophobia, classism; this all plays a role. Bullying is a by-product of a world that is poorly equipped to absorb what is considered different. This results in psychologically harmful anaesthesia and many isolated, self-hateful and depressed people are left behind. Do not avoid the necessary conversations about this. The costs are too high." Richardson said.
A GoFundMe page hoped to raise $ 10,000 to support Shelby's mother in this tough time and to cover funeral expenses. The final amount has significantly exceeded the target: 27,000 dollars have already been raised.