(Washington Post) Sheryl Moore's son lay on the bed before her. Soon, she knew, her 16-year-old boy would be taken off life support — another life lost to bullying.
Alexander "AJ" Betts Jr. attempted suicide in July 2013, the Des Moines Register reported at the time. He died shortly thereafter. Betts's mother said he had been outed as gay about a year and half before his death. His friends told KCCI that schoolmates constantly made fun of him, ridiculing him for being gay, for being half African American, and for his cleft lip.
"He's different. He doesn't add up to what they're used to," Noah Lahmann, the teen's best friend, told the news station.
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Before he died, Betts had a request: Donate my organs. A 14-year-old boy received Betts's heart, according to a letter Moore received, but she said his eyes were rejected.