Anti-bullying rally planned after middle school student’s suicide

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by Peggy O'Hare / The Houston Chronicle

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Posted on October 5, 2010 at 12:26 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 5 at 10:39 AM

HOUSTON—A human rights demonstration intended to spotlight the case of Asher Brown, an eighth-grader who killed himself last month after his parents say he suffered two years of bullying at school, is scheduled for 3 p.m. today across the street from Hamilton Middle School, where he attended classes.

As a result of the planned protest, school officials sent a note to parents alerting them that they are canceling all after-school activities for the day. Hamilton’s eighth-grade football game against Smith Middle School will be moved to Cy-Fair High School.

The note did not give the name of the organization planning the protest.

Students will follow their regular schedule at Hamilton, but extra security officers and support will be in place on the campus.

School lets out for the day at 3:15 p.m. School officials announced that all students must be picked up by 3:35 p.m. Those not picked up by then will be required to ride school buses home.

The protest will take place across the street from the school, which is located at 12330 Kluge.

Taunted at school

Brown, a 13-year-old straight-A student, shot himself in the head with his stepfather’s gun while alone at his family’s home in the 11700 block of Cypresswood, authorities have said. He left no suicide note. His parents said he had been tormented by bullies for two years at the school.

Brown’s parents said he was bullied because of his small size, because he was Buddhist and because he didn’t wear trendy clothes.

Brown also had confided in his parents that he was gay, and his parents said he suffered gay taunts during his physical education class.

Not reported

Brown’s parents have said they made many attempts to speak with school officials about the bullying, but Cy-Fair ISD countered that their internal investigation revealed the boy’s parents made no contact with the school regarding concerns of bullying.

District administrators have been unable to substantiate specific instances of Brown being bullied, according to a Cy-Fair ISD statement released Saturday.

While some students had a perception that Brown was mistreated by classmates, those concerns were not reported, the Cy-Fair ISD statement said. The internal investigation is continuing.

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