The secretary of Education released a statement Friday regarding the deaths of students who were bullied by their peers and driven to commit suicide.
"This is a moment where every one of us -- parents, teachers, students, elected officials, and all people of conscience -- needs to stand up and speak out against intolerance in all its forms," Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement. "Whether it's students harassing other students because of ethnicity, disability or religion; or an adult, public official harassing the President of the University of Michigan student body because he is gay, it is time we as a country said enough. No more. This must stop."
There have been at least five suicides reported this week by college and high school students who were gay or perceived to be gay and bullied because of it: Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi, 18; Seth Walsh, 13; Asher Brown, 13; Johnson & Wales sophomore Raymond Chase, 19; and Caleb Nolt, 14.