A nine-year-old Colorado boy killed himself final week after he was bullied by his classmates for being homosexual, his mom says.
Jamel Myles’ mom, Leia Pierce, mentioned she discovered her son’s lifeless physique of their Denver house on Thursday, 4 days after he got here out to his class, TIME stories.
Jamel reportedly informed his sister that youngsters in his class informed him to “kill himself.”
“My little one died due to bullying. My child killed himself,” Pierce informed The Denver Put up on Monday. “He didn’t deserve this.”
Pierce spoke to Denver’s KDVR and mentioned that Jamel informed her he was homosexual over the summer time.
“And he regarded so scared when he informed me. He was like, ‘Mother I’m homosexual.’ And I believed he was enjoying, so I regarded again as a result of I used to be driving, and he was all curled up, so scared. And I mentioned, I nonetheless love you,” Pierce mentioned.
She added that he was excited to inform his classmates as soon as faculty began.
“He went to high school and mentioned he was [going to] inform individuals he’s homosexual as a result of he’s pleased with himself,” she mentioned. “4 days is all it took at college. I may simply think about what they mentioned to him.”
Christine Fleming, principal of Joe Shoemaker Elementary Faculty, notified households and spoke to folks about what occurred to Jamel. Grief counselors had been additionally out there to college students, lecturers and employees, per TIME.
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