Gay teen suicides prompt national reaction

EDISON - A series of teen suicides linked to anti-gay harassment has prompted vigils nationwide to remember the victims.

The most recent case involved Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi, who jumped off the George Washington Bridge after images of him with another man were broadcast online.

Friends and members of Garden State Equality met in Ridgewood, where Clementi grew up, to remember him and address bullying of gay teens.

Several vigils were held nationwide this weekend for gay teenagers who have killed themselves recently following harassment due to their sexuality. At least four younger teens around the country have taken their lives since July after being targets of anti-gay bullying.

A pending bill in Congress called the Safe Schools Improvement Act would require schools receiving federal funds to implement bullying prevention programs that specifically address anti-gay harassment.

AP wire services contributed to this report.

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