NASHVILLE, TN — (09-27-19) (Gay Politics) — We regret to report that a Tennessee teenager committed suicide after classmates outed him on social media.
Channing Smith’ parents told NewsChannel 5 Nashville that the their son died after confiding in a few friends from Coffee County High School, that he was bisexual.
However things took a turn for the worse as soon after confiding with his friends, screenshots of text messages were shared online outing him as gay.
Classmate did nothing when Channing Smith told her He Was going to Kill Himself
The Channing Smith family member told Fox 17 Nashville that the 16-year-old shot himself earlier this week. “That was my only brother and I loved him,” said Joshua Smith.
Channing Smith’s heartbroken brother told Fox 17 Nashville that two teenagers, including a boy who got the text directly from Channing, posted images on Instagram and Snapchat Sunday evening, shortly before he shot himself.
“They did it to just completely humiliate and embarrass my brother,” said Joshua Smith. “Being in a small, rural town in the middle of Tennessee, you can imagine being the laughing stock and having to go to school Monday morning. He couldn’t face the humiliation that was waiting on him when he got to school on Monday, so he shot and killed himself.” Smith told Fox 17 Nashville.
During the investigation into Channing’s suicide, investigators discovered that Channing called a female classmate who was sharing images on the phone and allegedly told her that he planned to kill himself, but she did nothing about it.
Anti-LGBTQ district attorney Craig Northcott, who is on record as being opposed to gay rights and for saying that he doesn’t believe gay people are “entitled to domestic violence protection”, told news outlets that he hasn’t decided if he will pursue criminal charges against the classmates.
On Thursday, Hundreds turned out for the Channing Smith’ vigil in Manchester.
If you are considering suicide or suspect someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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