Billy Lucas was a teenager who didn’t quite fit in. His classmates said he was bullied for being different. The 15-year-old never told anyone he was gay but students at Greensburg High School thought he was and so they picked on him.
“People would call him ‘fag’ and stuff like that, just make fun of him because he’s different basically,” said student Dillen Swango.
Students told Fox59 News it was common knowledge that children bullied Billy and from what they said, it was getting worse. On September 9, 2010, his mother found him dead inside their barn. He had hung himself.
Students said on that same day, some students told Billy to kill himself. “They said stuff like ‘you’re like a piece of crap’ and ‘you don’t deserve to live.’ Different things like that. Talked about how he was gay or whatever,” said Swango.
Billy’s passing is just one of hundreds globally each year as a result of homophobic bullying. Though it remains tragic, his case drew attention from the world’s media, kick starting the phenomenon that is the It Gets Better Campaign.