Bullied son of Ottawa city councillor commits suicide
An Ottawa teenager who committed suicide Saturday suffered constant bullying and posted suicidal thoughts on his blog for months before he died.
Fifteen-year-old Jamie Hubley, son of Ottawa city councillor Allan Hubley, was suffering from depression and receiving care from doctors and counsellors, according to his father.
They were trying to help Jamie, who was openly gay, as he struggled with being bullied because of his sexuality, Allan Hubley said in a written statement. “He struggled with the idea that people can judge you harshly even when you are trying to help others,” he said, adding that bullying was “definitely a factor” in his son’s suicide.
When Jamie recently started a Rainbow Club at his high school to promote the acceptance of others, the posters were torn down and he was called names, his father said. “In Grade 7 he was treated very cruelly simply because he liked figure skating over hockey,” the councillor said.
He said his son starting to excel as a singer. Jamie was a member of his school’s Glee club and regularly performed at the school’s coffeehouses.
But his frequently updated blog featured suicidal musings and photos depicting self-harm as he descended into a deeper depression.
“I wish I could be happy, I try, I try I try,” he wrote in the blog. “I just want to feel special to someone.”
He also expressed frustration about being bullied and dreaded returning to school in September.
Jamie’s last blog post was his suicide note.
“Well, Im tired of life really. Its so hard, Im sorry, I cant take it anymore,” he wrote. “I dont want to wait 3 more years, this hurts too much. How do you even know It will get better? Its not.”
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board director of education Jennifer Adams told the Star the board has programs in place to help address bullying, but there’s more work to be done. “We want to make sure that every one of our students feels like they belong and that they’re respected,” she said.
Thousands of people have expressed condolences on Facebook and others have posted video tributes to Jamie on YouTube. Students at A.Y. Jackson Secondary School have organized a rainbow bracelet sale, proceeds of which will go to Jer’s Vision, an anti-bullying and anti-homophobia organization.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, or if you are in distress and need to speak with someone, please call one of the city’s crisis support lines:
Toronto Distress Line: 416-408-4357
Survivor Support Program: 416-595-1716
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