Gay Iowa teen kills himself after friends ‘turned on him’

Anti-gay Facebook group targeted 14-year-old Kenneth Weishuhn, who friends and family claim was always 'happy'

Gay Iowa teen kills himself after friends ‘turned on him’
18 April 2012

A gay teenager from the US state of Iowa killed himself after classmates set up a Facebook hate group and allegedly sent him death threats.

Kenneth Weishuhn, 14, from the city of Paullina, was found dead on 15 April.

His sister Kayla said his friends at South O’Brien High School began bullying him after he came out to them.

‘People that were originally his friends, they kind of turned on him,’ she told KTIV.

‘A lot of people, they either joined in or they were too scared to say anything.’

The situation escalated when Kenneth’s tormentors set up an anti-gay Facebook group, inviting his friends to join, and began calling his home with death threats.

His mother Jeannie Chambers said when she questioned him about the phone calls he ‘just blew it off’, so she thought everything was ok.

Chambers told KTIV she is considering legal action against Kenneth’s bullies.

She said: 'I really don't want to ruin somebody else's life, or take someone else's son or daughter from them. But, I don't know what it's going to take to get it to stop.’

Friends and family of Kenneth have now made a moving tribute video on YouTube, featuring photos of the teen and insisting he was always a happy and loving person.

The school has now opened an investigation.

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