Sirdeaner Walker took photo and legacy of her  late son, Carl Walker-Hoover to the White House for anti-bully conference | Bullying |
She told the president how she held him up as a role model for Carl, telling her 11-year-old son that the new president also came from a single-parent household and how she said “Carl, you can be anything you want to be.”

“The president looked at the photo and said ‘he’s a fine looking young man,’” Walker recalled.

Unspoken between the two was the tragedy that Carl will not have a chance to grow up.

After being tormented by bullies at school, he hanged himself in April 2009 at their family home in Springfield.