DENVER – The mother of a nine-year-old Denver boy who committed suicide last week after being bullied went on Facebook to ask people to help stop bullying. She had recently learned that her son was gay.
Jamel Myles died Thursday after being hospitalized, according to a report by the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner.
The Type of Death Was Suicide and Not Involved (19659009) In her public Facebook post, Leia Pierce wrote: "Please, we are all different and that makes us that way because we all have one thing in common if that's what they are I want justice for my son and every child being bullied .. I want to stop bullying I never want to hear anyone else go through this pain. "
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In an interview with KUSA-TV in Denver, Pierce said her son had been harassed for being gay.
According to KDVR-TV in Denver, Myles came gay to his mother during 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 a car, and he was completely curled up, so scared, and I said I still love you, "Pierce said, according to KDVR.
Pierce said Myles wanted to tell his classmates. He was a fourth grade student at Joe Shoemaker School. Classes began on August 20, KDVR reports. Myles died on Thursday.
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Pierce also wrote in a post: "My son died because he was bullied, please tell your children that they are love all we all need love each other. "
Shoemaker boss Christine Fleming sent a letter to parents on Friday about Myles' death.
"It is with great sadness that we share with you that one of our fourth graders died yesterday. This is an unexpected loss to our school community," the letter said.
The letter also states that Schoemaker did not inform the students on Friday afternoon and said, "We leave the decision on how this is communicated to your child discretion as to how best to know your child."
The crisis team The Denver Public School District and a Schoolsoc staff were available for students on Monday.
"At this time our thoughts are with the student's family and we will continue to process this sad news as a school community," the letter said.
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On Monday afternoon, the district sent an updated statement in which a spokesman expressly says that all members of the "school community" are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or transgender status.
It continued with the following:
"It is crucial that our students receive all the support they need to learn and thrive in a safe and welcoming environment. Our formal policies and practices reflect this commitment to ensuring that our LGBTQ + students can pursue their education with dignity – from policies and training to prevent and stop bullying, to formal policies and counseling materials that fully respect (including) gender identity Preference pronouns and toilets).
"Our priority now is to help all students and adults with the sadness they experience and better understand all the facts surrounding this tragic loss."
Pierce wished she had heard about the bullying that Myles received. 19659009] "I lost a reason to breathe … my heart, my sunshine, my son … he was bullied and I did not know .. not before it was too late .. I wish I knew everything so I could have stopped that "Pierce wrote in a Facebook post.
Suicide Prevention Resources
Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
The Lifeline provides 24×7 complimentary and confidential support to those in need, preventive and crisis-related resources for you or your loved ones and best practices for professionals.
The Trevor Project 1-866-488-7386
The Trevor Project is a national organization dedicated to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Interviewees (LGBTQ) offers young people crisis intervention and suicide prevention. The Trevor Project Hotline is available around the clock. Safe2Tell 1-877-542-7233
Safe2Tell offers young people a way to report threatening behaviors to activities that are themselves or someone they know so endanger that they remain safe and anonymous. By calling or submitting a tip on the Safe2Tell website, young people can help anyone who is in trouble or prevents a tragedy
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