For Chris Latour of Southbridge High School in Massachusetts, a prank targeting his English teacher ended with his expulsion. Latour managed to obtain and publically post the pass code to the school website run by the teacher. Latour thought that his peers would simply post funny photos as a prank. Instead, students posted derogatory comments of a vulgar and sexual nature.
The bullying became so bad that the teacher was driven into therapy. Bullying can lead to a host of psychological issues ranging from depression and anxiety to post traumatic stress disorder and suicidal thoughts and actions.
Latour was suspended for ten days for cyberbullying, but was later expelled. He has ten days to appeal the expulsion that he maintains is unnecessarily harsh given that he did not directly post any of the attacks. He stated that “You know I’d like to go back to school I’d like to get my diploma and go to Westfield State like I planned on, but I don’t see that happening.”
Latour has also lost a scholarship over the incident.
Over the last several years, several teenagers have taken their own lives in response to the bullying that they have received, often over the internet. While bullying often includes elements of homophobia, it is typically not just directed at LGBT youths, but anyone who might be considered different.