9-year-old Takes His Own Life After Classmates Bully Him for Being Gay
DENVER, CO – August 29, 2018
Leia Piece, of Denver, told FOX 31 Denver she found her son, Jamel Myles, dead in her home last Thursday – months after her son told her he was gay over the summer.
The Denver Coroner’s Office confirmed that Jamel Myles died by suicide on Thursday, according to spokesman Steve Castro.
“My child died because of bullying. My baby killed himself,” Leia Pierce, the boy’s mother, told The Denver Post on Monday. “He didn’t deserve this. He wanted to make everybody happy even when he wasn’t. I want him back so bad.”
Pierce said her son came out as gay this summer and began wearing fake fingernails on Aug. 20, the first day at school. Pierce found Jamel’s body on Thursday and tried unsuccessfully to revive her son.
Jamel was a fourth grader at Shoemaker Elementary, DPS spokesman Will Jones said Monday.
"Four days is all it took at school. I could just imagine what they said to him," Pierce told the station. "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."
On Thursday, just four days after he started fourth grade at Joe Shoemaker Elementary School, Myles was dead.
The Denver Police Department said that officers responded to a “medical incident” at the boy's home. The 9-year-old was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. It was not immediately clear how he died, but the medical examiner ruled his death as a suicide.
“I’m dead inside. He was beautiful. He was magic. I lost my greatest gift,” she said.
Jamel loved Pokemon cards, robots, music and wearing a dress with a tiara and high-heeled shoes, his mother said.
Pierce said her son was a considerate child who had dreams of becoming a social media star.
“He said, ‘Mom, I want to be a famous YouTube star so I could buy you a new house,'” Pierce said.
If you or somebody you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).