Washington - Today, Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, issued the following statement on the news of the suicide of 15-year-old Billy Lucas, a student who was harassed at school because he was perceived to be gay:
"Our condolences go out to Billy Lucas' family at this sad time. Billy's suicide was a tragedy and the bullying that preceded his death is inexcusable. A similar fate for other teens can be prevented. All students deserve to be treated with dignity and respect which is why HRC urges school districts and state legislatures everywhere to implement enumerated anti-bullying policies and laws that that protect all students."
The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
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