This is just awful. Our heart truly breaks for this poor family.
An eighth grade boy in Texas killed himself last week after years of bullying from his peers over his suspected sexuality.
Asher Brown's family claims that he was "bullied to death," and that although they addressed their concerns with his school, Hamilton Middle School, administration did not intervene.
School district spokeswoman Kelli Durham claims, however, that they received no bullying complaints from the family nor any students.
His mother and stepfather, Amy and David Truong say:
"We want justice. That's absolutely inaccurate — it's completely false. I did not hallucinate phone calls to counselors and assistant principals. We have no reason to make this up. … It's like they're calling us liars. The people here need to be held responsible and to be stopped. It did happen. There are witnesses everywhere. Our son is just the extreme case of what happens when (someone is) just relentless."
The bullying of Brown allegedly went on for over two years, and escalated the day before his suicide when he was pushed down a flight of stairs and had his book bag kicked open.
The following morning, Brown revealed to his stepfather that he was indeed gay, and although Truong "didn't condemn," that didn't stop the teen from using a 9mm Beretta to end his life later on during the day. He didn't leave a note.
Truong says to her son's bullies:
"I hope you're happy with what you've done. I hope you got what you wanted and you're just real satisfied with yourself."
This story leaves a massive pit in our stomach. That poor kid.
We sincerely pray that this teen's story will force others to stop and think before they put someone else down for something as petty as sexual preference. NOBODY should feel less worthwhile than ANYONE ELSE, especially over that.
And for any young people who feel confused, alone, and picked on over feelings that they probably don't even have a full grasp on yet, PLEASE try to keep your head held high and stay brave. We PROMISE you that it's not an easy journey, but you will get there, and be all the better for it in the long run! You will meet people who will LOVE you and ACCEPT you, just as you are, and you will be MILES beyond all of the people who once made you feel like there was something wrong with you.
Just be patient! It GETS BETTER.
Our deepest condolences to Brown's family and loved ones.