Bullied son of Ottawa city councillor commits suicide
Ottawa city councillor Allan Hubley poses with his son Jamie in this family photo released on Monday Oct. 17, 2011. Hubley says bullying was part of the reason his 15-year-old son took his own life last Friday.
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OTTAWA — An Ottawa city councillor says bullying played a part in his son’s suicide.
Fifteen-year-old Jamie Hubley took his own life on Friday.
His father, Councillor Allan Hubley, says Jamie was suffering from depression and was receiving care from doctors and counsellors.
Hubley says these professionals, along with family and friends, were trying to help him cope with his depression and his sexuality.
He says his son was a championship figure skater for years and was just beginning to excel as a singer and enjoyed acting.
Hubley, who made the comments in a statement, also says James was bullied.
“In Grade 7 he was treated very cruelly simply because he liked figure skating over hockey,” the councillor said in his written statement.
“Recently, when Jamie tried to start a Rainbow Club at his high school to promote acceptance of others, the posters were torn down and he was called vicious names in the hallways and online. We had meetings with officials at the school and were working with them to bring an end to it but Jamie felt it would never stop.”