Lawrence O’Donnell Interviews Tammy Aaberg, Mother of Bullied Teen Who Took His Own Life

On Wednesday night, Lawrence O’Donnell used his “Bully Pulpit” to interview Tammy Aaberg, mother of Justin Aaberg, one of countless teens tragically caught up in the bullying epidemic.

Justin Aaberg, the son of Tammy and Shawn, had a passion for music and was a gifted cello player. He performed in his high school's orchestra as well as for the musicals at his school. He also was a gifted composer. Though he had a supportive home life and wonderful friends, he was victimized by students who verbally and physically harassed him because he was gay.

Tragically, Justin took his own life on July 9, 2010. He was only 15 years old. Justin never had the opportunity to learn that things do in fact get better. Shortly after his death, his family and friends made it their mission to tell Justin's story and to make sure that other young gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning students would no longer have to go through the hardships Justin faced. It is now their mission to let students know that there is help available and that every person is born with gifts that need to be shared. Justin's Gift is just one of those efforts!

Following the increased media attention paid to bullying-related suicides in 2010, PFAW took a strong stand on behalf of LGBT students and those who are perceived to be LGBT. Click here for more information.