Are we doing everything that we can do to stop bullying?
Eleven-year-old Shawn Walsh paid a poignant tribute to the brother, just two years older, that he had lost. Gripping a microphone as he stood at the altar of the First Baptist Church in Tehachapi, California, Shawn joshed that his brother could be “a pain in the butt” at times but that Seth was “the best big brother in the world, no, the galaxy.” Wearing a yellow plaid shirt, Seth’s favorite color, Shawn then, without mentioning the word, made a heartbreaking reference to bullying, the specter at the heart of his family’s mourning for his openly gay brother. “I always wanted to protect him,” said Shawn, as sobs broke out in the church. “I just wish people could have been nice to him like my Mom taught me.”