Tragic End for Teenager with Asperger Syndrome – Term Life
Kennedy LeRoy, a 16-year-old young man with Asperger syndrome, tragically took his own life last Friday, after years of being bullied at school, according to a two-page note he left behind. Kennedy’s parents say his goal in life was to help others.
“Maybe my death will make people realize that words can hurt as much as, if not more than, physical blows,” the note said.
His family is hoping his story and note will help educate students and prevent other suicides as a result.
If you know someone who may be the victim of bullying, Autism Speaks has resources available to help prevent and respond to these incidents so that families like Kennedy’s never have to experience such tragedy.
Autism Speaks worked with the National Center for Learning Disabilities, PACER’s National Bullying Center and Ability Path in partnership with the documentary film “Bully” to raise awareness about how bullying affects children with special needs.
Learn more about our bullying resources through our Combating Bullying web portal which includes a Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit full of resources and information specifically tailored to parents, educators and students dealing with bullying.