A heartbreaking photo of a 12-year-old boy in his coffin after he committed suicide because of bullying in school about being bisexual was shared by his mother.
The boy named Andrew Michael Leach was found hanged by his 15-year-old brother in their dad’s garage in Southaven, Mississippi last week.
He was bullied in his school, and it had intensified when his torturers told him that he wouldn’t make it out of the school bathroom. According to his suicide note, that is the reason he took his own life.
After the boy came out as bisexual, he had been bullied by his classmates in Southaven Middle School, tells his father.
After a lot of struggles with his orientation, he came out of the closet at school, saying that he may be bisexual, which amped up the bullying even more.
The photo has been shared by the parents to raise awareness to the bullies of the effect bullying has on the victims.
The mother of the boy says that there were several suicide notes written by the boy, implying that he had been thinking about it for a longer time.
In one of the notes, the boy wrote that he wants them to know what they’ve done and what influence it has on people.
Cheryl, the mother of the boy, said that she feels like the school didn’t do much about the matter, and the school is full of bullies, so children can’t even go to the bathroom without fear.
The parents are not sure if the school enforces the district’s zero tolerance protocol for bullying.
The grieving mother said that there was a group of kids who called her son ugly, fat and worthless.
She only talked with the 6th grade principal of the school, not knowing who to handle the situation, and the kid’s dad talked to a teacher.
The mother says that something like this had happened before in the school.
There have been several attempts for suicides among other kids in the school, and several years ago there was a girl who hung herself from a water tower due to bullying.
The bullies have been investigated by the police, and the school officials say that bullying allegations in the school are treated with utmost importance.
The mom paid a tribute to her son, describing him as a fun-loving sweet-natured kid. She is absolutely crushed, because her son was only 12 when he took his life, and she thinks that she will never get over it.
Even though she is totally heartbroken, she says that she, her ex-husband and her friends will make sure that Andy’s voice is heard, and they will never stop with the anti-bullying.
The boy’s father warns parents that if they notice changes in their children’s sleeping or eating patterns, they may be a subject of bullying and that they should keep an eye out.
The mom says that the boy seemed always happy and that she hadn’t noticed the pain he had.
The GoFundMe campaign that the parents have set up in Andrew’s memory has already raised more than $11,400.
The website reads that he will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him and loved him and that there are no words that can express what the family is surviving.
Almost one out of three of all the students in the U.S. have been victims of bullying.
The third leading cause of death for children ageing from 10 to 14 in the U.S. is suicide, so keep an eye out if your children are acting strange, because they may be a victim of bullying, which often ends tragically.