Update: Jonah Mowry Receives Support and more Bullying

Four days ago Jonah Mowry was a relatively unknown 14-year-old who shared his story about  being bullied with a few followers on youtube.  Today he’s not only an internet inspiration but he’s also captured the hearts of some major celebrities like Lady Gaga, Ricky Martin and Perez Hilton.

Jonah’s mother, Peggy Sue Mowry tells ABC News that,”There are a lot of people that are giving their warm wishes and uplifting Jonah, and I think that’s good.”

There are also a lot of people who have taken to the internet to attack him.  Some have called the boy, who made the “Whats going on … ” video last August, a liar, others have used the teen’s heartache to push their own agenda, with comments like, “everyone has been bullied, gays don’t deserve all the attention.”

Mowry’s mom told ABC News on Tuesday that,”the family was disheartened by other vile comments that had been posted recently online.”

“He is sick over all the horrible posts and so are we … it’s very overwhelming,” said his mother, a 52-year-old hairdresser from Lake Forest, Calif.

“I’m disappointed that somebody could look at the first video and then look at the second and think it’s a lie,” said his mother. “He’s a child. He’s a 14-year-old boy. He’s very young,” she says.

According to a study released last year,”Nearly 44 percent of gay male participants said they had been bullied in the previous year, compared with 26 percent of heterosexuals who reported the same.

For girls, 40 percent of lesbians indicated they had been bullied in the past year, while just over 15 percent of heterosexuals reported such. About 35 percent of bisexual and mostly homosexual guys had been bullied and about 25 percent of their female counterparts.”

A U.S. government study, titled Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Youth Suicide, published in 1989, found that LGBTQIA youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than other young people.

As for Mowry, on his facebook page he writes, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”‘

A facebook page has been set up to help counter the cyber bullying Mowry has been experiencing since his video went viral.

Read the full ABC News Interview HERE.

To find out how you can get involved in the fight against school bullying educate yourself. Stand up! Find out about creating a Gay-Straight Alliance in your school,  and share your voice, your expertise, time or resources. Contact the Idaho Safe Schools Coalition, a network  made up of students, parents, educators and others working across the Gem State to make Idaho schools safer places for everyone.

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2 Responses to Update: Jonah Mowry Receives Support and more Bullying

  1. Raymond Everest says:

    Johan’s original video was both moving and inspirational. He opened the eyes of millions of people to the ruthlessness that children these days. How truly rude and repulsive they can be. While I support him in h

    • Raymond Everest says:

      Accidentally hit publish. As I was saying: while I support him in his struggle, as I was a child much the same, his second video made him look snobby. He acted like it was all a joke. Something he was playing around with. And even though the first video was never denied, as I’m sure it was heartfelt, the second one never should have been released. He could have let he world know that he was doing better in a much more positive manner. But he is still just a child. I hope and pray the best for you Jonah. May your life be long and blessed, and may you grow beyond your attackers. The world loves ya kid.

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