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Police officer suspended for anti-gay post on article about dead gay teen

Police officer suspended for anti-gay post on article about dead gay teen

Nigel Shelby

An Alabama police officer was suspended after writing an anti-gay post on an article about a dead gay teen.

Madison County Deputy Jeff Graves wrote the comments on a post shared by a Huntsville TV station.

The poast linked to the story of 15-year-old student Nigel Shelby, who killed himself last week.

Shelby died after being the victim of homophobic bullying at school.

Graves’ comments have since been removed from the post. Graves didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Police officer left offensive Facebook comment

He wrote: ‘Liberty

‘Guns

‘Bible

‘Trump

‘BBQ

‘That’s my kind of LGBTQ movement

‘I’m seriously offended there is such a thing such as the movement. Society cannot and should not accept this behavior.’

A sheriff office spokesperson said Graves was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an audit.

‘The Sheriff’s Office holds all its employees to high standard, and the public can be assured that a thorough and complete audit will be conducted and appropriate action will be taken,’ the spokesperson said: ‘

In the statement, sheriff Kevin Turner said he ‘offers his condolences to the family and friends of Nigel Shelby whose young life was lost to suicide last week.’

‘Bullying of any group or person in or outside of schools is unacceptable, and I welcome any and all efforts to raise awareness to bullying and bring bullying to a stop,’ Turner said.

RIP Nigel Shelby

Shelby died by suicide on 19 April.

a close up shot of a smiling teenager
Nigel Shelby, 15, took his own life | Photo: GoFundMe

Nadia M. Richardson started the mental health awareness campaign, No More Martyrs. She also studied at Huntsville High School

‘I am still processing this loss,’ she wrote of Shelby’s death.

‘We have so much to understand and so much work to do. Racism, sexism, homophobia, classism; all of this plays a part.

‘Bullying is a by product of a world ill equipped to include that which is deemed different.

‘As a result, psychologically damaging othering occurs and leaves many isolated, self-loathing and depressed. Don’t shy away from the necessary conversations around this. The cost is too high.’

A GoFundMe page hoped to raise $10,000 to help Shelby’s mother raise money to cover the funeral expenses. Donations exceeded that target and raised more than $14,000 in just two days.

If you or someone you know needs help with mental health, please visit this list of global resources.

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