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  • Can I make it any clearer. Dads the second you see your son dropping the limp wrists, you walk over there and crack that wrist! Man up! Give him a good punch!

    --Sean Harris, Senior Pastor, Berean Baptist Church, Fayetteville, North Carolina

    The boy sits fidgeting, while his parents nod in assent to the preacher’s words, words that shiver through the congregation, like some rancid wind, words that fall like flatulence, like acid rain, on the porous skin of a child, words that wound, slicing like a knife against a wrist. Like a good punch.

    The boy has a secret, he knows he is not safe, never been safe, he knows he will have to burrow deeper, like a vole, tunneling into a tomb, where no light can peep, alone with his blind fear, with his mildew sweat, six feet under, he wishes that he was already dead.

    Bloodstains in bathtubs. Bodies dangling in bedroom closets. Bullets battering brains.

    When words become weapons. Children die.

    36.5 % of GLB youth grades 9-12 have attempted suicide.

    --Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 156(4): pp. 349-55.
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