A Colorado mother says her 9-year-old son died last week over homosexual harassment.
Leia Piece, from Denver, told FOX 31 Denver that she found her son, Jamel Myles, dead in her house Thursday – months after her son told her he was gay in the summer.
"And he looked so scared when he told me, he said, 'Mom, I'm gay.' And I thought he was playing, so I looked back because I was driving, and he was curled up, so scared, and I said, "I still love you," Pierce told the news channel Sunday.
Pierce's son told her he wanted to tell his classmates when he went back to school, because he was "proud of himself." The mother also said that her son had told her to dress in feminine clothes after coming in.
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On Thursday, just four days after he started in the fourth grade of Joe Shoemaker Elementary School, Myles was dead.
The Denver Police Department told the Washington Post that the officials were on a "medical incident" in the house of the boy responded. The 9-year-old was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. It was not immediately clear how he died, but the coroner decided his death was a suicide.
Pierce told The Denver Post that she believed bullying played a role in her son's death.
"My child died because of bullying My baby killed himself," Pierce said.
She said her son told her daughter that his classmates had ordered him to commit suicide.
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"Four days was all it took at school, I could just imagine what they said to him," Pierce told the station , "My son told my eldest daughter that the kids at school told him to kill himself, I'm just sad that he did not come to me, I'm so upset that he thought that was his option. "
Denver Public Schools sent a letter home to the families stating that they would provide additional social workers and crisis counselors at their schools. On Monday, mourning consultants met with students and staff at the school.
Pierce said she wanted to call attention to bullying after her son's death.
"We should be accountable for bullying, I think the kid should do it The kid knows it's wrong The kid does not want anyone to do it to them I think the parents should be held because the kidnap Parents either teach them to be like that or they treat them like that, "she said
If you or someone you know thinks about suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-1. 800-273-TALK (8255).