Mum blames bullies as son, 9, kills himself days after coming out to classmates

A grieving mum says her nine-year-old son committed suicide days after going back to school and telling his classmates he was gay.

Jamel Myles started back at school last Monday but tragically by Thursday he was dead.

His body found by his devastated mother Leia Pierce at their home in Denver, US.

Jamel came out as gay during the holidays, according to his mum who feels his tragic death was the result of bullying.

Rather than feel the need to hide this from his friends, Jamel made the brave decision to tell his classmates, telling his mum he was proud of himself.

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But his mum said Jamel had confided in his sister that other school kids had "told him to kill himself".

Leia told KDVR-TV : "Four days is all it took at school. I could just imagine what they said to him.

"I’m just sad he didn’t come to me. I’m so upset that he thought that was his option."

The Denver police department is now investigating the death of the Joe Shoemaker Elementary School student as suicide according to reports.

"He went to school and said he was gonna tell people he’s gay because he’s proud of himself", Leia said.

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And talking about the moment he came out to her she said: "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’."

A letter from the Denver Public Schools board to families said they would be providing extra social workers and support to students.

Leia is speaking out to highlight the impact of bullying, particularly on children.

She said: "We should have accountability for bullying. I think the child should because the child knows it’s wrong.

"I think the parent should be held (accountable) because obviously the parents are either teaching them to be like that, or they’re treating them like that."

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