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12-Year-Old Bisexual Boy Commits Suicide After Bullying — Parents Admit They Were 'Oblivious'

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We have got to teach our children better than this!

We are sad to report that once again, the cruelty of bullying has led to the death of young member of the LGBT community.

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Andy Leach, a sixth grader from Southaven, Mississippi, ended his own life last week after intense bullying. And now his parents are speaking out.

Mourning father Matt Leach explained to local news network WREG:

"He was struggling a lot internally with sexual orientation. He finally came out with the information at school that he thought he may be bisexual. I think that really amped up the bullying."

Andy's parents and older brother were shocked to come home and find "notes that told us of his plan" before finding him in the garage.

The 12-year-old had hanged himself.

It was only after the initial confusion that the family found out the extent of what was going on at school, something mom Cheryl Hudson says she was "oblivious" to.

Matt learned:

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

Southaven Middle School released what seemed like a boilerplate statement saying bullying was an important issue to them:

"All bullying reports are treated with the utmost importance. 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. All claims are investigated thoroughly, and school counselors are trained to help students and intervene when they are aware of a situation. Our hearts go out to this young student's friends and family."

And yet no one saw any of this?

As for Andy's parents, they're hoping their experience will give other families a chance to avoid tragedy. Matt said:

"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. Talk to them."

If you or someone you know needs help, you can call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Please. Reach out.

[Image via WREG/Facebook.]

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