12-year-old boy kills himself after being bullied, family says

Elias Hubbard
March 14, 2018

A grieving mother has shared a heartbreaking photograph of her 12-year-old son in his coffin, after he killed himself over being bullied for his sexuality.

"He was a very loving young boy".

Cheryl Hudson told Metro her son left "a few different [suicide] notes" which showed he had 'been thinking of this for quite some time'. "He was outdoorsy. He loved to go camping".

'I guess I was just oblivious to it, ' Hudson said.

According to his mother, she missed all of the signs her son needed help.

In general, Hudson said Andrew seemed happy.

"One of the kids said "you're this" or 'you're that.' And he said 'no, I'm bi-,' Matt Leach told the news station".

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 34 percent of students who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual have been bullied on school property, and 10 percent reported being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property.

Cheryl, who went to his school to speak with teachers about it, said staff "didn't really do much about it", and she claims it was not the first time they had failed to act on bullying claims.

March 6, Andy couldn't take it anymore.

Andy was found hanged in his father's garage in Southaven, Mississippi last Tuesday after months of threats by classmates who tormented him.

It was only then that the family begin to understand the horror and sadness he suffered from.

"Kids were telling him, 'We're gonna put hands on you. You're not going to make it out of this bathroom".

I didn't know how to handle it.

Andrew's family hopes his struggles will help others who feel the same way, urging them to seek help and not remain quiet.

"If you think there's any chance of your child suffering from depression, their grades are drastically changing, their eating habits or sleeping habits changed, then get in their business".

Between one quarter and one third of USA students say they have been victims of bullying.

Hudson and Leach questioned whether the school district's zero-tolerance policy for bullying was being enforced. Students and parents are encouraged to contact school officials anytime there are bullying concerns, and they can use a link on the DeSoto County Schools website if they would prefer to report bullying incidents anonymously.

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