A special assembly on bullying at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School is reminding students just how much weight their words can carry. The program comes as students remember classmate Aiden Rivera Schaeff, who committed suicide just one year ago.
“The torture, basically of being harassed all the time became too much for him,” said his mother, Patty Spencer. “I’m totally devastated,” said Cathy Schaeff, Spencer’s partner and Aiden’s other mom. “The loss of that will never go away. I will miss him my whole life.”
Aiden’s mothers say they couldn’t be happier the school is taking such a stance on the issue that took their son. They have launched their own campaign, selling medallions and bracelets, and plan to use the money to fund anti-bullying programs in Aiden’s honor.