Matt Shankles, Gay Iowa Teen, Used Secret Identity On Social Media To Fight Bullying

05/02/2012 05:53 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016
  • Scott Raynor Marion Patch

Matt Shankles lost friends and self-esteem and his depression grew when his eighth-grade classmates learned he was gay. They bullied him relentlessly.

He one day locked himself in his bathroom and jammed the door shut with a drawer, intending to end his life with of a box of X-Acto blades.

"I hated myself more than I hate war," said Shankles, 16, now a Linn-Mar High School sophomore. "More than I hate famine, more than I hate hate."

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