Friends, family hold vigil for Southeast High School student who died by suicide

Published: May. 15, 2019 at 5:04 PM CDT
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Friends and family gathered Wednesday night for a Wichita Southeast High School student who died of suicide last week.

Family members identify the student as Vayden Bucky Easley

The Wichita Chapter of GLSEN, which is a national LGBTQ resource for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, hosted the event alongside friends of the high school student.

The vigil was just one of the events planned for the day. A small group gathered Wednesday to rally and march to the school with signs to show their support for people in the trans community and to say bullying needs to stop.

"I think we need to report better but kids don't report because they don't see anything getting done," said one of the rally participants. "We need some sort of anti-bully policy that students have to follow up with, which currently we don't have."

Others say more education is needed to help children and teenagers "normalize and feel comfortable with what they don't understand."

The vigil for Bucky was held at College Hill United Methodist Church at 2930 E 1st St. North.

The Center of Wichita at 800 N Market St., also held a Community Support Day Wednesday for people to learn about different resources and to offer support for anyone who has questions or needs to talk.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts and needs help, there are resources available. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at the number at 1-800-273-8255 or the Sedgwick County Comcare Hotline at 316-660-7500. LGBTQ students can also get help by calling

at 1-866-488-7386.

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