Today marks the one-year anniversary of Asher Brown’s death.
Asher, a gay 13-year-old from the Houston area, took his own life in response to bullying at school.
Asher’s parents, Amy and David Truong, have recorded a video calling for a moment of silence at 8 p.m. today in honor of Asher and other victims of bullying, as well as their families.
Watch the Truongs’ video and read a statement from Equality Texas below.
A Moment of Silence
September 23, 2011
Today, September 23, 2011, marks the one-year anniversary of the bullying-related suicide of Asher Brown, a 13-year-old who was bullied and harassed in the Cy-Fair ISD in Houston.
Marking the one-year anniversary of Asher’s death, his parents, David and Amy Truong, invite people from around the world to join them in a moment of silence to honor and support every child who has been the victim of bullying and every child who continues to be the victim of bullying.
Before taking his life, Asher was a target of frequent bullying for being Buddhist, for his disabilities, for being perceived as gay, and for just not being “cool enough.”
The family plans to spend the day in meditation and prayer in commemoration of their son’s life and death. They ask that you join them in a moment of silence at 8:00 p.m. in remembrance of all children who have lost their lives due to bullying, including Asher. They also ask that you think about and pray for those who bully, as it is vital to our roles as parents, adults, and educators to teach them and to care for them as well.
In addition to honoring Asher’s life, his family seeks to use this commemoration as an opportunity for healing – to come together as a unified community in an environment of understanding, compassion, love, support, and generosity of spirit.
To view David and Amy Truong’s video request for a moment of silence, please click on the screenshot below:
Every child deserves to be safe at school. Every child.
Join us in a moment of silence to remember those we have lost because they were not safe, and to support those who still live in fear.