The Rising Cost – Part 1

September 30th, 2010
Justin Aaberg was only 15 years old. He had come out to his mother when he was 13, and while on the outside he seemed to have a great life going, on the inside he was a tormented storm. LGBT students at the Anoka-Hennepin School that Justin attended were, like is so frequently the case, easy targets as other students, and even teachers turned a blind eye. It finally got to a point where he just couldn?t handle it any more and feeling he had no where to turn to for help, he hanged himself in his room. Justin was the sixth student from the school to take his own life in the last 2 years and most are believed to have been the result of homophobic bulling.

More on Justin at WCCO including a video.


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Laura Bush

Laura Bush and Newt defend Obama

Yesterday on CNN?s The Situation Room, former first lady Laura Bush, defended President Obama?s speech to students that he will give later today. She told Zain Verjee,

I think that there is a place for the President of the United States to talk to school children and encourage school children, and I think there are a lot of people that should do the same, And that is encourage their own children to stay in school and to study hard and to try to achieve the dream that they have.

Also this morning, Newt Gingrich spoke on the Today show. While he criticized the Presidents Health Care plan, and made a comment that makes sense to me about the bill (I will talk more about it later), he did say that he read the speech that was posted by the White House and hoped that every American school child could see it.

H/T: Below the Beltway

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