9-year-old boy commits suicide after being bullied at school for coming out of the closet
Just four days into the new school year, a young boy has killed himself after being bullied for coming out as gay, his mother claims
After the recent death of her son, a Denver mom wants to highlight the critical issues of bullying and suicide that still plague the country.
According to Leia Pierce, her son, Jamel Myles, took his life in their home on Thursday (August 23) at the tender age of nine.
She said that bullying played a major factor in the death of her son, who had just started fourth grade at the Joe Shoemaker Elementary School on Monday last week.
Pierce revealed that her son had come out of the closet over the summer and innocently conveyed to her that he was gay, reported Daily Mail.
"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," she said.
The grieving mother also said that Jamel was excited to tell his classmates about it.
"He went to school and said he was gonna tell people he’s gay because he’s proud of himself," she said.
Feeling comfortable after his mother's acceptance, Jamel spoke to her about wanting to dress more femininely.
"And he goes, 'Can I be honest with you?'" Pierce said. "And I was like sure, and he’s like, 'I know you buy me boy stuff because I’m a boy, but I’d rather dress like a girl.'"
However, just four days into the school year, on Thursday, Jamel committed suicide. His mother found his lifeless body in their Denver home. Now, the bereaved parent claims that her son killed himself after being bullied at school.
"Four days is all it took in school. I could just imagine what they said to him," Pierce said. "My son told my oldest daughter that the kids at school told him to kill himself. I’m just sad he didn’t come to me."
On Friday, a letter from officials of Denver Public School to families stated that that they would be providing extra social workers and a separate crisis team for students who are going through difficult changes.
"I’m so upset that he thought that was his option," Pierce said.
The statement also mentioned the school district will continue to offer support to the devastated family.
Jamel Myles was 9-years old. "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." #LGBTQ https://t.co/LIjbFmisS7— Bradon Long FOX43 (@bradonlongwx) August 27, 2018
Now, Pierce wants to spread awareness about the adverse effects bullying can have on children, especially those who are mentally fragile.
"We should have accountability for bullying. I think the child should. Because the child knows it’s wrong. The child wouldn’t want someone to do it to them. I think the parent should be held responsible because obviously the parents are either teaching them to be like that, or they’re treating them like that," she said.
She also hopes no parent goes through the suffering she underwent just because their child is different from others.
Meanwhile, the Denver Police Department has ruled little Jamel's death as a suicide.
If you know anyone suffering from depression or contemplating suicide, these numbers will definitely be helpful:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255)
Colorado Crisis Services Hotline (1-844-493-8255)
Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: (1-844-264-5437)