A 9-year-old boy in Colorado was driven to suicide last week after classmates bullied him for coming out as gay, KDVR-TV reports.
Leia Pierce said her son, Jamel Myles, came out to her as gay. “And 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,” the mother said.
Pierce said her son wanted to tell his classmates as he started fourth grade at Joe Shoemaker Elementary School on Monday. “He went to school and said he was gonna tell people he’s gay because he’s proud of himself,” she said.
On Thursday, Pierce discovered her son dead at their Denver home. A coroner’s report confirmed Myles’s cause of death as a suicide, according to Denver Police Department.
“Four days is all it took at school. I could just imagine what they said to him,” Pierce told KDVR. “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.”
Pierce said the bullies’ parents need to be held accountable for teaching hate on LGBT people. “We should have accountability for bullying,” she said. “I think the parent should be held because obviously the parents are either teaching them to be like that, or they’re treating them like that.”
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