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Experts fear copycat suicides after bullying cases

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Suicide prevention experts are worrying that the attention given to the September suicide of a Rutgers University student may be leading to copycat cases.

At least six young people who were gay or taunted for being perceived as gay have killed themselves since Tyler Clementi's death became a cause celebre. One Pennsylvania teen left behind a note saying he wanted to bring attention to bullying.

Clementi killed himself days after his roommate allegedly used a webcam to spy on him during an intimate encounter with a man.

Experts say it's important to report on the issues that have been getting attention since his death: suicides among gay youths and the impact of bullying.

But they say young people in similar circumstances need to know that they can get help.
      
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