The Casper Star-Tribune
January 24, 2013

Kyle Wells was thrown into garbage cans. Some fellow students at Cody High School laughed at him because of his sexuality. He was belittled because he was too short. But his friends recall his heart of gold. “He talked me out of suicide,” one friend said. Kyle was 16 years old, 5-feet tall and gay. On Oct. 30, he took his own life. “He was a lover, not a fighter,” said a group of his peers during a community discussion about bullying in Park County School District 6 last month. The students, along with Wells’ family, concerned parents and community members, gathered at Cody’s Irma Hotel on Dec. 11 to discuss why he took his life. The students, many with cuts on their wrists, spoke about the daily aggression Wells faced at school.