Thursday, October 17, 2013

130.9 - RIP: Joe Bell

RIP: Joe Bell

I'm going to spend a little more time on the other RIP because it's for someone I expect you did not hear about. His name was Joe Bell.

Joe Bell's 15-year-old son Jadin killed himself in February after being bullied by classmates over his homosexuality. In response, Bell vowed to walk across the whole county, speaking and raising awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth along the way.

He set out from his home state of Oregon in late April, planning to walk 15 to 25 miles a day and speak on behalf of the group Faces For Change, an anti-bullying foundation established in his son's memory.

On October 9, he was struck and killed by a semi-truck while walking through Colorado.

The driver, who may have fallen asleep, was charged with reckless driving.

Ogden OUTreach of Utah held a memorial service in his memory. I would say that the best way to memorialize Joe Bell would be to make future such pilgrimages unnecessary.

RIP, Joe Bell.


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