Ammiano, buillied teen's mom celebrate Seth's Law signing

October 17, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The mother of a gay teenager, who killed himself after being bullied relentlessly at school, is touting a new state law aimed at preventing that type of tragedy.

Wendy Walsh read a suicide letter from her 13-year-old son Seth. She read, "This life was a pleasure, mostly having you guys lift me through the pain."

She was in San Francisco to meet with state Assm. Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, who authored a new state law that requires school districts in California to implement anti-harassment policies. Walsh says if the law had existed last year, her son might still be alive today.

"Schools would have been, they would have taken my complaint seriously. And that they did not. And it caused my family a big tragedy with Seth taking his life," said Walsh.

A federal investigation found the school district in Kern County failed to respond appropriately to Seth's complaints of bullying.

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