Jamel Myles’ Mother Leia Pierce Blames Homophobic Bullying Of Classmates After He Came Out As Gay For Boy’s Suicide

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A Colorado mother is mourning the loss of her child, Jamel Myles, who committed suicide at the young age of 9 years old.

According to Leia Pierce, bullying led to the shocking death of her son.

The child took his own life just four days after starting the fourth grade at Joe Shoemaker Elementary School.

Talking to local media, the mourning mother said over the summer he came out to her and announced that he was gay.

The little boy also requested more feminine clothes because deep down inside he felt more like a girl.

Jamel also told his mother that he was happy and proud to be who he was.

Leia said that she immediately and wholeheartedly accepted the person Jamel was.

The Dever woman said that her son was eager to start the new school year and tell his new classmates that he was proud to be gay.

The mom claimed his peers did not embrace her son. Instead, he was relentlessly mocked and teased.

A few of the students at the elementary school went as far as telling Jamel to kill himself.

An emotional Leia revealed that she is the one who found the lifeless body of her son.

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The mother, who is adamant that bullying did lead to her son’s suicide, said this: “Four days is all it that took at school. I could imagine what they said to him. 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.”

Leia confessed that no other parent should go through this kind of unspeakable pain and agony.

She went on to reveal: “We should have accountability for bullying. I think the child should. Because the child knows it’s wrong. The child would never want someone to do it to them. I think the parent should be held (accountable) because the parents are either teaching them to be like that, or they’re treating them like that.”

The Denver Police Department has stated that they are investigating the matter as a suicide.

For those in need of help, the following resource is available for free: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255).


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