Allan Hubley reflects on year after son's death
Allan Hubley says the death of his son may have been avoided if Jamie had seen the support that exists for bullied youth.
CTV Ottawa’s Graham Richardson sat down with the Ottawa councillor ahead of Sunday's one-year point since Jamie Hubley’s death by suicide Oct. 14, 2011.
"He could never understand why people couldn't accept him for who he was,” Allan said. “He wanted to be remembered as a unicorn . . . if he could see what's happened this year."
Jamie, who was openly gay, was relentlessly bullied at school and beyond for years before his death.
“Jamie wanted to protect everybody,” Allan said, partially referring to his son’s efforts to get a GLBTQ centre at his school. “Give everybody a place to go together.”
In the year he’s been gone, the Hubley family has been deeply involved in anti-bullying and youth mental health initiatives
"A lot of people have come together for us,” Allan said. “$800,000 raised in his name . . . that's an astounding number . . . and we're so touched by that kind of community support."
A tragic date for the Hubleys comes on the same week a 15-year-old British Columbia girl was found dead at her home, the result of suicide.
Amanda Todd posted a video online in September, telling her story of being bullied online and attacked at school before attempts to take her own life.
The B.C. coroner’s office said Friday it’s launching a probe into the circumstances around the teen’s death.
With a report from CTV Ottawa’s Graham Richardson
If anyone you know may be suffering from depression, you can give them the number to the Mental Health Crisis Line (613-722-6914 or 1-866-996-0991) or Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868).