It’s posted on everyone’s Facebook wall, it’s been retweeted by a lot of celebrities and it’s even talked about on the six o’clock news.
Jonah Mowry is a 14-year-old gay student living in California. He made a video back in August, writing down all his feeling about being bullies in school while Sia’s “Breathe Me” plays in the background. Some of the notes he wrote down include “I’ve cut…a lot. I have scars. Suicide was an option…many times.”
Four months later, people are taking more notice of the video. A second video was posted earlier this week showing the teen in a happier state of mind, and therefore everyone was quick to assume Jonah was acting in his first video.
“I’m disappointed that somebody could look at the first video and then look at the second and think it’s a lie,” his mom, Peggy Sue Mowry told ABC News.
She says her son has gotten a lot of online support. Ricky Martin and Perez Hilton were really affected by his video.
Jonah being brave enough to talk about homophobia and teen bullying really sets the bar for schools to initiative in dealing with these issues. This past year, there have been reports of suicides and even murders of gay teens. Jonah is simply helping everyone begin that conversation so that young kids don’t go to school feeling like they want to die.
If you haven’t seen this honest and heart-wrenching video yet, please do. Don’t be afraid to share it with your friends. You never know whose life you’ll change.