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WATCH IT: Ellen Makes Emotional Plea To Stop Teenage Bullying

KHQ.COM - Ellen DeGeneres said she is "devastated" over the death of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, who killed himself after he was outed as gay over the internet.

DeGeneres made an emotional plea Thursday to stop teenage bullying following a series of teens committing suicide after having been teased or bullied:

"Something must be done," she said. "This needs to be a wake-up call to everyone: teenage bullying and teasing is an epidemic in this country, and the death rate is climbing. One life lost in this senseless way is tragic. Four lives lost is a crisis. And these are just the stories we hear about. How many other teens have we lost? How many others are suffering in silence? Being a teenager and figuring out who you are is hard enough without someone attacking you."

Ellen said that her "heart is breaking for their families, their friends and for a society that continues to let this happen."

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