Bullied Indiana student commits suicide

Billy Lucas | "The Advocate"

Billy Lucas, a 15-year-old student at Greensburg High School, hanged himself after other students continually bullied him because they thought he was gay.

“People would call him ‘fag’ and stuff like that, just make fun of him because he’s different, basically,” Dillen Swango, a fellow student at the southeastern Indiana school, said to Fox59 News.

Billy’s mother found his hanging body inside her barn on Sep. 9. Earlier that same day, some students told Billy to kill himself.

“They said stuff like ‘You’re like a piece of crap,’ and ‘You don’t deserve to live.’ Different things like that. Talked about how he was gay or whatever,” said Swango.

Principal Phil Chapple knows bullying goes on in his school, but he said he didn’t know Billy was one of the victims.

“We’re discussing where we are going. Where we are looking to establish a committee,” Chapple said to Fox59 News.

One former student, who is 21-years-old now, has awful memories of high school that were retriggered by Billy’s death.

“I was bullied several times because I was gay,” the former student, who did not want to be identified, said to Fox59 News. “I was called fag, queer. I was thrown up against lockers. I would tell the school officials about it and they would dismiss it. I also attempted to commit suicide.”

Schoolmates have created a Facebook page in Billy’s honor.


9 thoughts on “Bullied Indiana student commits suicide

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  2. how many children have to fall victim to society’s pathological homophobia before we see it’s tragic toll? when i was in 8th grade in indianapolis, a 7th grader committed suicide for the exact same reason, and i will never, ever forget it.

    some 30% of lgbt teens attempt suicide in similar circumstances. and the thing that all of the bigots–the ones obsessed with that notorious “gay agenda”–never seem to understand is that there is no way to know how many straight teens do as well, because a bunch of dumbass teenagers have decided that he or she is gay. that poor, beautiful boy.

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  5. no one deserves this no matter if thye are startight or not. whoever did this to billy just know that one day you will regret it and you will want to apologize but it will be to lat becasue hes dead becasue of what you did. you tld him ot kill himslef how could you? yall is just some low lives who have nothing better to do than make other people feel like they dont matter. you will go to hell for what you did or you will pay the price dearly.

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