Devastated Queensland mum says bullying killed her gay son

The Year 7 student took is own life Monday.

Brisbane mum says her gay son took his own life after being bullied about his sexuality.

Amanda Unsworth told the Courier Mail that the harassment had been going on for years, and was the reason her son was compelled to take his own life on Monday.

Tyrone ended up being gay and a lot of people started picking on him,’ Amanda said.

‘He was a really feminine male, he loved fashion, he loved make-up and the boys always picked on him, calling him gay-boy, faggot, fairy; it was a constant thing from Year 5.’

Tyrone had been hospitalised less than a month before after he was attacked with a fence paling that left him requiring surgery for a broken jaw.

Despite the ongoing torment, Tyrone’s school had not been made aware of the bullying.

The school principal told The Courier Mail that bullying of Tyrone had not been reported to the school.

‘We had no reports to the school of the bullying, we really try to work with families to resolve these complex issues.

I’m just so sorry and sad that we didn’t have the opportunity to help this young man,’ she said.

His fellow students were aware of the torment he suffered, however, and took to social media to extend their sympathies following this tragic outcome.

If you or someone you know is struggling contact Lifeline for support on 131 114 or Kids Helpline 1800 551 800.

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