School President Defends Fliers Telling LGBT Students To Commit Suicide

College is the time when many young people first get involved in politics. They’ll go to rallies, volunteer, and put up posters. However, someone at Cleveland State University has been putting up some truly awful and terrifying posters.

The poster reminds the reader about how many LGBT youth commit suicide and asks others to do the same. The poster is attributed to a group called “Fascist Solutions.”  

While most people on campus have denounced the poster one significant person has not, the president of Cleveland State University. President Ronald M. Berkman issued statement via email that left many people outraged. 

While it can be difficult to distinguish between free speech and hate speech, asking a vulnerable minority to kill themselves certainly seems to fall in latter category. 

In fairness, President Berkman did issue a follow up statement apologizing for his earlier comments and expressing his desire to have a discussion. 

The poster was eventually taken down but not for the reason you’d expect. It was removed because it didn’t have “prior approval,” which seems to suggest that next time Fascist Solutions will be able to express hateful thoughts as long as they ask permission first. 

So far it seems like most people are not happy with any part of the school’s response. 

No new posters have gone up yet but this still may be far from over. 

[h/t Buzzfeed]

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This Teen Stopped Her Friend From Committing Suicide And Today They're Married

Someone on Quora asked, “What is one moment in your life you thought could only happen in a movie?” and one of the answers, by Kevin Walsh, was especially astonishing and romantic. “I can’t not answer this,” he wrote.

“Once upon a time I was 13 at a summer camp and the prettiest girl I’d ever seen walked right up to me and said ‘black is a good color on you.’ No idea why,” he wrote. “We chatted and became friends, exchanged AIM screen names (it was the time) and stayed in touch for a while.”

“We fell off each others’ radar some time in high school, but I can promise you that not a day went by that I didn’t think about that girl. Even now I’m not sure I can say why – something about her just stayed with me.”

“In my senior year I went through some dumb high school stuff that seemed earth-shattering at the time, and fell hard into depression,” he continued. “I resolved to take my own life, wrote a note and went to where I planned to end things.”

“Somewhere between 5 and 10 seconds before I would have committed suicide, my phone rang. I checked the caller ID – I couldn’t die not knowing. It was a number I didn’t recognize, so I picked up and it was her.”

“I asked her what was up and she said she just felt like she had to call me. At that point it had been a year since we had spoken, and at that moment she just had to call. Long story short, she pried, I spilled the beans and she talked me out of it. I mean she literally said ‘What? Don’t do that’ And that was that.”

“She made me promise to call her the next day, and we hung up. That night I started writing the words which, ten years later, I’d propose with,” he said.

Walsh told Buzzfeed that talking to someone about his suicidal thoughts helped him. “There is power in saying it out loud. There’s a good chance that the moment it comes out of your mouth you’ll realize it isn’t what you want at all,” said Walsh. 

If you, or someone you know, need someone to talk to, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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