|Birth: ||May 27, 1997|
|Death: ||Apr. 15, 2012|
Kenneth, a 14-year old freshman high school student in Paullina, Iowa took his own life a month after being rejected by friends after coming out of the closet at school.
"People that were originally his friends, they kind of turned on him," said his sister Kayla.
She says it was the boys in his class that bullied her brother over his sexuality.
"A lot of people, they either joined in or they were too scared to say anything," she said.
She says they took their teases online, to websites like Facebook, creating a hate group against gays and adding Kenneth's friends as members. However, it was only the beginning, family say he started receiving death threats from classmates on his cellphone.
"When I'd question him about the phone calls, like he just blew it off, so I just thought everything was okay," said his mother, Jeannie Chambers, who was also told those boys were given a warning, but she was never contacted by the school.
She's unsure whether she'll press charges against the students she says drove her son to his death.
"I really don't want to ruin somebody else's life, or take someone else's son or daughter from them. But, I don't know what it's going to take to get it to stop," she said.
Funeral Services were held April 19, 2012 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Primghar, Iowa with Rev. S. Kim Peterson and Rev. Mike Cooper officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family wishes memorials be made to the family.
Pleasant Hill Cemetery
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Record added: Apr 16, 2012
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