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Jamie Hubley, Ottawa Teen Suicide: Bullying Was A Factor, Says Father

10/17/2011 09:13 EDT | Updated 12/17/2011 05:12 EST
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OTTAWA - An Ottawa city councillor says bullying was part of the reason his 15-year-old son took his own life last Friday.

Coun. Allan Hubley says in a statement that his son Jamie had been suffering with depression and was receiving care from doctors and counsellors.

Hubley says these professionals, along with family and friends, were trying to help him cope with his depression and his sexuality.

Hubley says his son was a championship figure skater for years and was just beginning to excel as a singer and enjoyed acting.

Hubley also says James was bullied.

He says the family was aware of several occasions where he was treated cruelly simply because he liked figure skating over hockey.

James recently tried to start a Rainbow Club at his high school to promote acceptance of others, Hubley said.

"The posters were torn down and he was called vicious names in the hallways and online," he said.

"We will not say that the bullying was the only reason for James's decision to take his own life but it was definitely a factor," Hubley said.

Hubley said the school has promised to ensure the posters are protected.

"We hope from our tragedy others will become more active in stopping this cruelty towards children," he said.

But it was Jamie's own words that may haunt the most.

'I'm a casualty of love,' he wrote in his personal blog. 'Well, Im tired of life really. Its so hard, Im sorry, I cant take it anymore.'

Allan Hubley and his wife Wendy are asking people wishing to make a donation in James's memory to direct them to Youth Services Bureau's Mental Health Walk-In Clinic.

Are you in crisis? Need help? Find links and numbers to 24-hour suicide crisis lines in your province here.

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