A tragic story is coming out of Denver about a nine-year-old boy who committed suicide after being bullied at school over being gay.
Jamel Myles' death has been ruled a suicide after the fourth grader was found unresponsive in his home. His mother Leia Pierce said that her son had recently told her he was gay. Jamel had recently started school at Joe Shoemaker Elementary School.
Pierce told KTRV about the days leading up to the death of her son when he opened up to her about being gay:
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, He went to school and said he was gonna tell people he's gay because he's proud of himself.
Pierce added that Jamel wanted to dress more feminine, saying:
And he goes, 'Can I be honest with you? 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.
Midway throught the first week of school Jamel took his own life. Pierce says he killed himself after being bullied,
Four days is all it took at school. I could just 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. I'm so upset that he thought that was his option.
In a Facebook post from 2016 Pierce discusses the bullying her son endured .
Now Pierce wants to shine a light on bullying to help other children in need.
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 because obviously the parents are either teaching them to be like that, or they're treating them like that.
This tragic story has hit people especially hard.
An autopsy from the Denver medical examiner's office confirms this death as a suicide. https://t.co/KjHdrDjh6V— Alex Rose (@Alex Rose)1535388180.0
Mom says Denver boy killed himself after being bullied at school https://t.co/PcvvSvssiK https://t.co/zGhA0xOGaO— FOX31 Denver KDVR (@FOX31 Denver KDVR)1535387712.0
Meet 9 y.o. #JamelMyles. This summer he came out to his mom as gay. Then, he went back to school, 4th grd. The bull… https://t.co/ex3wpWxNGx— Charles M. Blow (@Charles M. Blow)1535420717.0
Never let anyone tell us the fight for equality is over. A nine-year-old boy has killed himself after enduring fou… https://t.co/8WkfYMq1uk— Michael Cashman (@Michael Cashman)1535406351.0
Bravery should not be something that is ridiculed and evoke statements of hate. #JamelMyles should have been able t… https://t.co/2EcV8SSyzh— Blake Nemeth (@Blake Nemeth)1535404426.0
Maybe if we spent less time agonising about whether children are "too young" to have conversations about sexuality… https://t.co/Fil6BOVZ54— Rachel Cunliffe (@Rachel Cunliffe)1535448460.0
This story has crippled me. Children around the world should be introduced from day one to society’s rich tapestry… https://t.co/A0rVaNEqkX— Andrew Keates (@Andrew Keates)1535415244.0
Jamel Myles. I will never forget his name. 9 years old and took his own life over being bullied for being gay. My h… https://t.co/7sAYYUJy1g— kristen doute 🦒🤟🏽 (@kristen doute 🦒🤟🏽)1535415785.0
@CharlesMBlow Having read Jamel's story earlier, I hugged my kids so tightly tonight. His family did everything ri… https://t.co/KyBDFK9gOB— ATLMichelle (@ATLMichelle)1535420981.0
The public needs to stay informed on the dangers the LGTBQ community still face.
People ask us, "how much longer will the world need pride festivals and pride parades?" our answer sadly remains:… https://t.co/TXt51yVRjZ— Milwaukee Pride (@Milwaukee Pride)1535401228.0
So sad to read about Jamel Myles in Denver: https://t.co/QphNGDspWh In @DitchtheLabel’s Bullying Survey 2018, 1 in… https://t.co/PfWfRlWdoN— Jon Holmes (@Jon Holmes)1535406565.0
Anti-LGBT bullying is particularly damaging to young people, even if they don’t identify as LGBT. For those who do,… https://t.co/7f3S8la6ad— Jon Holmes (@Jon Holmes)1535407073.0
Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Jamel Myles. No one, especially children, should ever be made to fe… https://t.co/HWinLjpyr6— Human Rights Campaign (@Human Rights Campaign)1535411700.0
Our deepest sympathies go out to Jamel's family.