Shocking Story: US Boy, 9, Killed Himself Over Homophobic Bullying Days After Coming Out as Gay at School

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A nine-year-old boy committed suicide after enduring four days of homophobic bullying at school in Denver, Colorado, his mother says.

Here’s what happened

A Colorado boy took his own life and his mom says classmates bullied him for coming out as . Mother of the nine-year-old Jamel Myles – Leia Pierce – says bullying was a factor in the death of her son, who started fourth grade at Joe Shoemaker Elementary School on Monday. Over the summer, his mom said he came out to her as .

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Source: SBC

“He looked so scared when he told me,” Pierce told KDVR-TV. “He was like, ‘Mom I’m .’ 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.'”

Pierce said her son wanted to tell his classmates. “He went to school and said he was going to tell people he’s because he’s proud of himself,” she said.

Jamel’s body was found at home on Thursday, Ms Pierce told local media. Denver police are investigating the case as a suicide.

“My son told my oldest daughter the kids at school told him to kill himself,” Ms Pierce said. “I’m just sad he didn’t come to me. I’m so upset that he thought that was his option.”

She said that when he had told her he was , he looked “so scared”, but she reassured him she still loved him.

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Source: FACEBOOK/LEIA PIERCE

Ms Pierce said she hopes her son’s death can raise awareness of the effects of bullying.

Grief counselors were made available to students, teachers, and staff at Joe Shoemaker Elementary School, where Jamel was a fourth grader, the Postreports, while principle Christine Fleming sent letters to families addressing the tragedy. On Monday, Fleming held a classroom meeting with parents to discuss the incident.

“It’s always tough when a little one takes his life,” Denver Public Schools spokesperson Will Jones said. “We have our crisis team there.”


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Shocking Story: 9-Years-Old Boy Killed Himself Over Homophobic Bullying Days After Coming Out as Gay at School in US
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Shocking Story: 9-Years-Old Boy Killed Himself Over Homophobic Bullying Days After Coming Out as Gay at School in US
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A nine-year-old boy committed suicide after enduring four days of homophobic bullying at school in Denver, Colorado, his mother says.
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