Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover
Died April 6, 2009
Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover was an 11 year old Grade 6 student in Springfield, Massachusetts. Carl was targeted with homophobic bullying. According to an ABC article, he was "ruthlessly teased." He hanged himself. An article on the Advocate news system tells about Carl, the bullying he received, and concerns the family has about how bullying was addressed by the school.
An ABC news video describe Carl as a "happy-go-lucky" kid, who was "always smiling." We do not know if Carl was gay. Bullying on the basis of sexual orientation harms both gay and straight children and youth. Anti-gay bullying is a health and safety issue for all students.