Teen suffered two years of cruel homophobic taunts and physical abuse before he took his own life.
Tyrone Unsworth, from Brisbane, suffered through two years of cruel homophobic taunts and physical abuse from his peers before his death on Monday.
His devastated mother, Amanda Unsworth, told The Courier Mail people bullied her son because he was gay.
‘He was a really feminine male, he loved fashion, he loved make-up and the boys always picked on him, calling him gay-boy, f****t, fairy; it was a constant thing from Year 5,’ she was quoted saying.
Amanda went on to say the bullies pushed her son ‘to the edge’ and she believes they are the reason he took his own life, reports Daily Mail.
She wrote online: ‘I know your pain free now son and they can’t pick on you anymore, but this shouldn’t of had to happen (sic).’
‘I just wanted him to wake up and come home with me.
‘All of this Because of BULLIES thinking there tough hero’s. Now I don’t have my SON never will I ever get to see my beautiful boy alive (sic).’
The young teen, who had a huge smile and beautiful curly hair, was found by his grandfather who tried desperately to revive him
His parents are now determined to fight bullying in their boy’s name.
UPDATE 1 December
Vile trolls continue to torment family and friends of teen who committed suicide after being bullied about his sexuality.
The tragedy hasn’t stopped cruel trolls from creating fake Facebook profiles under Tyrone’s name and continuing the bullying.
‘Our son is dead and you still want to bully him grow up you pathetic little bastards’.
“Ok this shit has to stop !
Who ever is making up social media accounts in Our Son Tyrone’s Unsworth name and posting bullshit .
I’m going to the police and i will have you charged !
You have no bloody right doing this, our son is dead and yous still want to bully him grow up you pathetic little bastards
And your parents need a good punch in the head !!!” his mother Amanda said in a social media post.
Gay rights leader Rodney Croome told Daily Mail Australia the trolling was outrageous.
‘I extend my sympathies to the family of Tyrone Unsworth and share their outrage that he is being bullied beyond the grave,’ he said.
‘The continued bullying highlights how deep the hatred of LGBTI people still runs in some parts of Australian society.
He said leadership from teachers, principals, parents and politicians was vital to tackling prejudice and bullying.
‘Homophobic prejudice is learnt, and it can be unlearnt, beginning in the classroom.’
Tyrone will be laid to rest today (Thursday, 1 Dec.)
His mum, Amanda, has shared her heartbreak saying in a Facebook post, “Today’s The day we set you completely free, Tyrone Thomas Charles Unsworth, Tyrone Boo Unsworth. Today is going to be the hardest and will break me, but I know you will be there holding my hand through it… Fly_High_TYRONEEE”
Our thoughts are with Tyrone’s family and friends.
For support call the Lifeline 24-hour crisis support on 13 11 14
Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
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