Numerous stories about bullying leading to tragic results have been splashed across the news lately: A college freshman at Rutgers University was filmed making out with another guy by his roommate and another freshman without his knowledge. The two posted the video online, and the student filmed tragically killed himself days later. A 13-year-old California boy also took his own life after he was bullied and called "gay," and sadly there are more cases just like this happening last month alone.
Glee's creator Ryan Murphy explains how the core of the show isn't about singing -- it's about tolerance and ending harassment.
"I think [tolerance] is the legacy of Glee more than anything else," he says. "So as we began the year we were very conscious of that. Last year the throughline [connecting theme of the show] was about teenage pregnancy. And the throughline this year is really about Kurt and his feelings about tolerance, not only in high school and in the world, but also the ripple effect it has on everybody around him."
Ryan also revealed the show may be creating a PSA soon about acceptance in schools.
"[Tolerance] is a very powerful thing to write about because this week alone three gay teenagers have killed themselves and committed suicide, and we just got asked today to do a PSA on it because it's becoming such an epidemic because of the bullying," he states.
But it looks like Chris Colfer beat him to the punch Tuesday with this YouTube video:
"I know what it's like to be bullied and teased every single day," he says. "And I know that it may seem like there is no chance at happiness left. But I promise you there is a world full of acceptance and love just waiting for you to find it."
If you're being bullied because of who you are, call The Trevor Project's 24-hour hotline for gay youth at 866-4-U-TREVOR (488-7386). You can also speak to someone at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255).