Woman Who Lost Son Speaks Out About Bullying

Published April 13, 2009

Sirdeaner L. Walker, whose 11-year-old son committed suicide last week, wants other mothers to understand just how serious a problem bullying can be.

Last Monday, she found her boy, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, hanging by an extension cord on the second floor of their Springfield, Mass., home. The sixth-grader from New Leadership Charter School had had enough of the taunting and teasing and took his own life.

"I just want to help some other child. I know there are other kids being picked on, and it's day in and day out," said Walker, 43, MassLive.com reports. "It was the worst experience of my life, and I'm a breast cancer survivor. Four years, it was four years ago I had breast cancer," Walker said.

She had contacted school officials repeatedly about the constant bullying, but to no avail, according to MassLive.com. Daily, his classmates at his new school called him gay, teased him about the clothes he wore and threatened to beat him up.

Written by BET.com Staff

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