The entire country is in shock over the recent suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, who jumped off the George Washington Bridge after being videotaped by classmates in a sex act, and then outed as gay on the internet.
Clementi is the fourth teen in recent months who have been reported as committing suicide as a result of being outed.
Ellen Degeneres has stepped up to speak out against the growing crisis of bullying amongst teens, saying we need a wake-up call.
"He was outed as being gay on the Internet and he killed himself. Something must be done," DeGeneres said during her show. "This needs to be a wake-up call to everyone that teenage bullying and teasing is an epidemic in this country and the death rate is climbing."
"One life lost in this senseless way is tragic. Four lives lost is a crisis," she continued. "My heart is breaking for their families, for their friends and for our society that continues to let this happen ... We can't let intolerance and ignorance take another kid's life."
: "I want anyone out there who feels different and alone to know that I know how you feel. There is help out there. You can find support in your community. If you need someone to talk to or if you want to get involved, here are some organizations doing great work."
Ellen lists a number of organizations where people can get help on her
website. One of the sites is the The Trevor Project. It's a 24-hour, national help line for gay and questioning teens. You can learn more about The Trevor Project at their website
Watch Ellen’s plea below: