Bullied gay teen dies at Oregon hospital
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A hospital official says an Eastern Oregon teenager who tried to commit suicide at a school playground has died.
The spokesman with the Oregon Health and Science University says 15-year-old Jadin Bell died at the Portland hospital early Sunday afternoon.
The teen attempted to hang himself Jan. 19 at an elementary school playground in La Grande, about 250 miles east of Portland.
A family friend, Bud Hill, told The Oregonian newspaper earlier this week that the boy's family has always been very supportive of the boy's sexual orientation, but some classmates called him names, and he had complained about bullying to a school counselor.
Bell was a high school sophomore at La Grande High School.