Now Reading
Italy remembers bullied boy who committed suicide

Italy remembers bullied boy who committed suicide

Italy is commemorating ‘AS’, the 15-year-old Roman boy who committed suicide this week after having been bullied on Facebook and at school.

Two different commemorations took place yesterday (22 November) evening, one in Rome, close to the boy’s school, and one in Bologna’s main square.

In Rome, a march, which had not been authorized by the police, started and ended near the Colosseum.

At least 1,000 people walked with candles and banners expressing the LGBT community’s love and thoughts for ‘AS’.

In Bologna, northern Italy, tears flowed as several LGBT associations, like Arcigay and Agedo, the group of LGBT boys and girls’ parents, commemorated the young Roman.

Agedo’s president Flavia Madaschi told Gay Star News: ‘We’ve seen a lot of people, even though the march was organized in a very short time.

‘We were very angry for what has happened in Rome. We brought some teachers as well. Because it’s up to them, the teachers, to control the children at school and to stop this kind of violence.’

According to the Italian press, ‘AS’ loved wearing pink trousers and jumpers and used to varnish his nails.

Someone had created a fake profile on Facebook, deriding him for his clothes and ‘AS’ committed suicide in front of his younger brother, hanging himself.

Yesterday, in Italy, the most used sentence on Twitter was #ioportoipantalonirosa, that means ‘I wear pink trousers’.

Thousands of Facebook users changed their main picture with a pink square, symbolizing the fight against homophobia.

The Roman boy’s case made headlines on all major Italian newspapers and websites.

Now Rome’s Procura della Repubblica, the office of public prosecutions, has opened an inquest, to try to discover the reasons for the boy’s death.

At the moment, no one has been formally investigated, but the Cavour high school’s director rejected the allegations coming from several LGBT associations.

After the news first broke, the children at school were blamed for their school-mate’s death.

But lesbian Member of Parliament Anna Paola Concia visited the school, yesterday morning, and said: ‘I found open-minded boys and girls, a very tolerant environment.’

Roman activist Guido Allegrezza, who made the headlines last summer after having been beaten for being gay, wrote a letter to some newspapers.

He said: ‘I tell the children who bullied “AS”: you have to transform your acts into commitment. You have to understand that he suffered and that now you can change this world, or at least this country, as real and civilized citizens.’