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The Graduates: Bullying

Clip: Season 15 | 17m 10s

Juan Bernabe came to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic with his mother at age 11. When he was 14, he came out as gay and was subject to bullying by peers. Feeling isolated and afraid to confide in his mother, Juan was on the verge of dropping out. The performing arts program at Lawrence (Mass.) High School kept him in school and helped him gain confidence about his identity.

Aired: 11/04/13

Rating: TV-PG

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