A nine-year-old boy in the US has taken his own life after enduring four days of homophobic bullying at school.
Jamel Myles had told his mother that he was gay and wanted to tell his classmates because he was proud of his orientation.
“My child died because of bullying. My baby killed himself,” Leia Pierce told The Denver Post. “He didn’t deserve this. He wanted to make everybody happy even when he wasn’t. I want him back so bad.”
During the summer break before going back to school, Pierce explained her son had told her he was gay during a car trip.
“He looked so scared when he told me. He was like, ‘Mom I’m gay.’ And I thought he was playing, so I looked back because I was driving, and he was all curled up, so scared. And I said, I still love you,” News website KDVR reports.
“He went to school and said he was gonna tell people he’s gay because he’s proud of himself,” she said.
Four days into the school year, Jamel’s mum found her son dead in their Denver home.
The Denver coroner’s office report confirmed Jamel died by suicide.
“Four days is all it took at school. I could just imagine what they said to him,” Pierce said. “My son told my oldest daughter the kids at school told him to kill himself. I’m just sad he didn’t come to me.”
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