Carlos Vigil, a New Mexico teen, took his life this past week after enduring years of ongoing bullying.  Carlos’ parents learned a few years ago that he had been bullied since the third grade, and tried to help him ever since.  Carlos himself was known for his antibullying advocacy, and would often counsel other teens who were similarly harassed by their peers.  He even traveled to North Carolina to lobby an antibullying bill in the state’s legislature.  In the end, the pain caused by being teased about his appearance and being gay became more than Carlos could bear.  His heartbreaking suicide note, posted to his Twitter account, underscores the damage that bullying can have upon one’s psyche: “The kids in school are right, I am a loser, a freak, and a fag and in no way is that acceptable for people to deal with.”  Carlos’ dad wishes his son hadn’t internalized the bullies’ message, saying, “Carlos wanted to be accepted by all, when he only needed to be accepted by himself.” 

To hear more from Carlos’ dad and brother, click on the following video: