This is so sad… Here is the link to the article: http://www.msnbc.com/news/653127.asp?0dm=A219N
The first paragraph is included below:
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 5 — In 1997, an 18-year-old high-school football player in Minersville, Pa., and a 17-year-old friend were stopped by police after leaving a party. Police charged the boys with underage drinking and, after finding the younger one with two condoms, took them to the station, where they were lectured on the Bible and homosexuality.
The jist of it is, these two guys, evidentally homosexuals (though the article doesn’t seem to really confirm or deny their orientation one way or the other), were detained by law enforcement for underage drinking. Condoms were discovered, the police man threatened to tell the boys families they were gay and one of them shot himself to avoid losing face with his family (at least that’s what i’m figuring).
The family has now filed a law suite against the police department because of it all.
I don’t know about the lawsuit as far as whether or not the police should be held responsible for the suicide. What I do think, however, is that such threatening was wrong. In fact, I fail to see the relevence of sexual orientation to underage drinking. The court system seems to agree with me, as sexual orientation is protected by our right to privacy.
Ultimately though, I am just saddened that this poor boy felt he had to take his own life for fear of being outted.
As a homosexual I know how awful coming out can be (though in the end, after all the stress of coming out, we seem to feel much happier for it). I can only imagine how it would feel to be forcibly outted like that. Family is often our biggest concern because they are the people we are closest too. Meaning that they’re the ones we HAVE to deal with, regardless of their reactions. They are also the ones that we feel it most important to be accepted by. Well, I’m speaking from my own experience anyway.
My faith in humanity continues to waiver as I read things like this. Have we gone to far? Are we beyond the point where humans can realize their true potential in this world?
I ask that you join me in prayer for this victim and his family in their time of grief. May he find his way into the next realm.