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200 gather to remember teen who committed suicide

August 5, 2013 by KCCI

Mother pleads for end to bullying

PLEASANT  HILL, Iowa —The week was tough for the community surrounding Southeast  Polk High School after 16-year-old AJ Betts took his own life.

AJ’s mother, Sheryl Moore,  and several of his friends said he was teased and bullied for being gay, half  black and having a cleft lip.

RELATED: Mom speaks out after teen commits suicide

On Friday, 200 people  gathered to remember AJ and listen to a message from his grieving mother.

“Nobody deserves to lose a  life, but I’m sorry, my son did not deserve to be in the position that he is  (in),” Moore said. “Of all people on this earth, AJ didn’t deserve it. So  please, will you guys promise me you’ll stand up and say something if you see  someone bullying?”

Moore said she will  dedicate herself to trying to stop bullying in schools

 

Originally Posted at KCCI News on August 3rd, 2013 by KCCI.

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