When researching my final paper, I wanted to write about the rights of gay students in response to the recent string of high school suicides. I stumbled upon the events in Boyd County and found that they provided a lively story that coincided with many of the legal issues affecting gay high school students. In writing the paper, I drew some inspiration from articles in legal journals, while maintaining a temporal narrative.

TYLER GUARNERI is part of the College of Engineering’s class of 2014. He is studying biomedical engineering. He was raised in beautiful Beacon, New York. This essay was written for Bradley Queen’s course, WR 150: The First Amendment.