Trigger warning: This post deals with death and suicide.
The mother of a 13-year-old Brisbane boy who took his own life this week says years of relentless bullying was the catalyst for his death.
Amanda Unsworth told The Courier Mail that bullies had begun picking on Tyrone when he was just 11, inundating him with cruel taunts about his sexuality.
“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,” she said.
“I feel like these people who were bullying Tyrone are the cause of why he is not here any more. They pushed him to the edge.”
In an emotional post on social media, Amanda Unsworth wrote of her heartbreak at having to say goodbye to her boy, of not being able to bring him home with her.
“This shouldn’t of had to happen,” she wrote.
“All of this Because of BULLIES thinking there tough hero’s,” she wrote. “Now i don’t have my SON never will i ever get to see my beautiful boy alive [again].” [sic]
The school boy's tragic death comes a month after a violent altercation outside his school landed him in hospital, reports The Courier Mail.
Amanda Unsworth told the paper that he was hit in the jaw with a fence paling so hard that he required surgery.
Tyrone's grandmother, Twiggy Jones, said it the incident (which is subject to an ongoing investigation by Queensland Police) deeply affected the previously "happy, go-lucky" teen.
"When he came out of hospital he was a different boy ... he just kept telling us all ‘I don’t want to go to school, I don’t want to end up back at hospital’," she told The Courier Mail.
The family are now planning a funeral to be held on December 1.
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