“He told me he got shoved and punched in the face in PE in the locker room at Cashmere.”
Lexi Mullin, a friend of Rafael Morelos.
“He was tired of people saying that his little brothers would follow in his footsteps and be gay too.”
Maranda Blankenship, another friend.
Rob Cline, principal at Cashmere Middle School, admitted that Rafael had complained, one time, of being bullied at school, but said that there was no ongoing investigation. Cline said, "[W]e took care of that. We investigated and took appropriate action.”
However, he declined to say what action the district took, or when during the school year Rafael complained to the school about being bullied, saying “Student discipline is not something I am at liberty to share.”
It should be. The bullies should not be protected and harbored. They need to be disciplined and/or removed from the school. Before another one dies.
Malinda Morelos, Rafael's mother, who did not hear that her son was bullied until a candlelight vigil Tuesday night, said, Rafael “sometimes acted strong but, inside, he was dying little by little.”
Apparently just for being gay.