A Colorado mother says her 9-year-old son took his life last week because of anti-gay bullying from his classmates.
Leia Piece, of Denver, told she found her son, Jamel Myles, dead in her home, months after her son told her he was gay over the summer.
"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'".
Pierce said her son told her he wanted to tell his classmates when he went back to school because he was “proud of himself.” But just four days after he started fourth grade at Joe Shoemaker Elementary School, Myles was dead.
The 9-year-old was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. It was not immediately clear how he died, but the medical examiner ruled his death as a suicide.
Pierce told she believed bullying played a part in her son’s death. "My child died because of bullying. My baby killed himself." She said her son told her daughter that his classmates told him to take his own life.
"Four days is all it took at school. I could just imagine what they said to him," Pierce told. "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. I’m so upset that he thought that was his option."
I am so shocked, this is awful!