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Update #3 
4th-Oct-2008 09:37 pm
daisy_down (Christi, my sister and Jake's mother) has made a post about what happened at Jake's school. You can read it here.

The decision has been made (with Jake's approval) to go ahead and speak to the media about this incident and what should happen next and from now on, so I'm sure we'll be keeping everyone on board with what is going on down here. I'll be posting links to our local news agencies as well as the newspaper, with links to the Letters To The Editor section for those of you who would like to offer your own take on it and raise awareness.

On a more personal note, I thank each and every one of you that has commented, called, spoken in person with me, blogged, and even cried with me over the past two days. This was a very hard thing to accept, but I have come to fully understand that we are very fortunate it played out as it has and with that fortune comes responsibility.

Now the work begins on making sure these children feel safe and not afraid.
5th-Oct-2008 01:42 am (UTC)
Kick ass!!!
5th-Oct-2008 02:16 am (UTC)
5th-Oct-2008 02:15 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you were there when this happened. I hate that it happened, but it's good that you were there when it did. I commented to your sister's post. I'm sorry that I hadn't commented earlier. Y'all have all been on my mind. :(
5th-Oct-2008 02:19 am (UTC)
I am too, bigtime. I actually meant to call you on Friday so you could hear this directly from me instead of reading it here, but there was just too much going on and time got away from me.

That's the great thing about me and you, you don't owe me any apology for anything, ever. I know that you carry me with you everywhere and that I never have to question where I stand with you - or vice versa.

I love you, honey - give my baby girl a big hug, will you? ;-)
5th-Oct-2008 02:17 am (UTC)
They are lucky to have you in their lives.
5th-Oct-2008 02:29 am (UTC)
I'd argue that I'm the lucky one in this situation, but we all say this about each other anyway - and actually mean it - unlike some we really work hard for these relationships.

Can I just say to you that you are one of the few people who always makes me ridiculously happy whenever you comment? I'm lucky to have you too, Greg.
5th-Oct-2008 02:31 am (UTC)
I'm glad I make you happy, that's a nice ability to have.

What I learn from you is about how nothing should be taken for granted, and how the important things are worth being fierce about. That's always a good lesson/reminder to get.
5th-Oct-2008 02:36 am (UTC)
Me too.

I came to realize in the past two days just how much I really do take for granted when I always thought I did a better job than that. If ever there were a wake up call that worked, this was it. So in essence, really good things will come from near tragedy. What more could you want, you know?

I'm going to add Ernie back to my friends list, I've missed reading him and am tired of lurking to do so. You're both two of my favorite people on teh internets.
5th-Oct-2008 02:32 am (UTC)
I am so thankful that it wasn't worse than that. I'll definitely be keeping those kids in my thoughts.
5th-Oct-2008 02:37 am (UTC)
As are we, and it is appreciated!
5th-Oct-2008 02:33 am (UTC)
Great work...
5th-Oct-2008 02:37 am (UTC)
Thanks, babe!
5th-Oct-2008 02:55 am (UTC)
Good on you, Good on Christi, and Most Excellently Good on Jake.

I just left Christi a brief reply, the essence of which is the following that I'm cutting-n-pasting from her LJ: Y'all have many folks who are keeping all of you-n-yours close in our thoughts.
5th-Oct-2008 03:04 am (UTC)
Thank you love, you have no idea what all of your support has meant to me - never more than now.
5th-Oct-2008 03:44 am (UTC)
I don't even know you. I'm just a random dude that reads your amazing lj. I told my gf and her mother about this incident and her mom was all like "they should tell CNN!". We've had y'all in our thoughts since i shared the story with them, and continue to do so. I know what Jake is going through. High school was hell for me( i grew up in Tuscaloosa,AL). I constantly got bullied and the schools did nothing. They just brushed it off and told me it was my fault.. which ended up in a lot of me kicking peoples asses.
5th-Oct-2008 04:07 am (UTC)
I know people at CNN, actually. Good thinking.

I appreciate you all thinking of us, we've been surrounded by much support since all of this has happened and it keeps on coming.

We're the kind of family that teaches the children "You don't take that shit off people because there isn't any good reason TO take shit." They understand that standing up for the things you believe in comes at a price sometimes, but it is also how you build character.

Since I don't want to have you thinking you don't know me any longer, Hi Elijah - I'm Brad. Nice to make it official. Now you're a member of my tribe, so welcome. Tell the family I said hello and thanks for the good energy sent, and if you're ever over on my side of the state let's go fishing. ;-)
5th-Oct-2008 05:55 am (UTC)
Yea i was raised to not take shit. And i really don't. I sure as hell didn't in high school which led to some guy that stopped breathing because he called my best friend a faggot. I would never forget your name. You share the name of my cousin that was killed way back when. So if you're ever on my lj and see Brad as a tag.. it's about him.

yes! i love to go fishing. haven't done it in years. it's really a shame.

Thank you for the link to the post. I'm going to share it with my mother in law. She's an amazingly supportive woman..who is the biggest faghag ever. :D
5th-Oct-2008 04:12 am (UTC)
Also, I'd like you to read a post I wrote a few years ago called On Gender and Normality, whatever the hell THAT is.

Link to it. Write about it. Email it. Just be who you know you are, without restraint, and without apology. EVER.

Edited at 2008-10-05 04:22 am (UTC)
5th-Oct-2008 04:23 am (UTC)
keep us posted when the interview comes on.
5th-Oct-2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping there will be more than only one that she gets to do, I'm only going to be involved in on camera stuff if she and Jake ask me to.
5th-Oct-2008 09:32 am (UTC)
You're my hero, ya know. You can't imagine how much I admire you!
5th-Oct-2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
I love you too, D!
5th-Oct-2008 09:53 am (UTC)
A good move! And I am sure it will all go well.!

Take care, bud!!!!!!
5th-Oct-2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks, T - I appreciate it!
5th-Oct-2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
Sending you hugs and all!
5th-Oct-2008 12:20 pm (UTC)
Yes, as I already wrote to your sister, raise as much hell as you can because this kind of thing should not be allowed to go on!
5th-Oct-2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
You know it!
5th-Oct-2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
All I could think about while reading your post is that I wanted to hug my baby and never let her go. Thankfully she likes to snuggle and was able to stand me with my head in her lap.
You are in my heart ((((((((((brad))))))))) I am sure you will be the best councilour the kics will have. They are blessed to have you
5th-Oct-2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean, I did the same thing. Thanks, L!
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