Ellen DeGeneres: Teenage Bullying Is an Epidemic
Ellen DeGeneres is "devastated" by the recent suicide of a Rutgers University student who was outed on the Internet, and says that "something must be done" about teen bullying.
"This needs to be a wakeup call to everyone that teenage bullying and teasing is an epidemic in this country and the death rate is climbing," DeGeneres says in a video taped at her studio.
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On Sept. 22, 18-year-old Tyler Clementi jumped off the George Washington bridge, three days after his roommate broadcasted his sexual encounter with a guy online.
In the video, DeGeneres names three other teens who committed suicide and chokes up as she says, "My heart is breaking for their families, for their friends and for our society that continues to let this happen. These kids needed us... We can't let intolerance and ignorance take another kid's life."
Watch the video below.