Jayron Martin Says He Can Relate to Asher Brown Bullying, Suicide
Jayron Martin Says He Can Relate to Asher Brown's Bullying and Suicide Last Week
Martin says he was a 16-year-old student at Cypress-Fairbanks when he was brutally beaten in November 2009. Asher Brown was a Cy-Fair student when he killed himself after his parents say he was bullied for about two years because he was gay.
Martin also says he was attacked for being gay.
Jayron Martin spoke to MyFox Houston about how when he was a student at Langham Creek High School, he told the administration he was going to be jumped on after school but he says they did nothing and he boarded the school bus.
He says when he got off the bus he was chased and attacked by nine of his classmates.
"There's no one that's there that you can say, 'Ok this is going on. Can you help me?' There's no one there," Martin says.
Martin's mom Lakenya Martin says that the adults at the school let her son down:
"Very much so. As well as it lets down a community," Lakenya says.
Asher Brown's parents said their son told them two years ago that he was gay, and said the bullying began two year ago as well.
After Jayron Martin was attacked, Cy-Fair fired the bus driver but no other staff member. The school officials said that Asher Brown's parents never told them Asher was being bullied until the Monday after he had died.
"Isolation kills kids. There's no nice way to say that," says Montrose Counseling Center Youth Specialist Debra Murphy.
The Hatch Youth Group at Montrose Counseling Center offers a safe and fun place and counseling for children who are gay, lesbian and transgender.
They also support the 'It Gets Better' project and YouTube channel created by activist Dan Savage for gay teens.
"The Just Hang On let's them know they are not by themselves and that many other people have experienced these issues and the struggles," Murphy says.