Authorities Won’t Charge People for Outing Bisexual Teen Who Killed Himself

Channing Smith, a 16-year-old from Manchester, Tennessee died by suicide in September after classmates shared sexual text messages between him and a boy, outing him as bisexual on Snapchat and Instagram, according to Pink News.

Smith’s family urged the District Attorney Craig Northcott to prosecute the teens that outed their son, but Northcott released a statement saying the investigation found that no crimes were committed in Smith’s death, The Tennessean reported.

“Supposedly there’s not laws in place that affect minors, and harassment and bullying have to show a pattern,” Joshua Smith, Channing’s brother told the Tennessean. “Hopefully we can get more modern laws in place. My main concern is it’s going to send a mixed message to these kids that they can do what they want and there’s no repercussions.”

Smith’s close friends knew of his bisexuality before the posts, but it wasn’t widely known.


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