9-year-old boy kills himself after coming out to his classmates

Jamel Myles had only just started at a new school days before taking his own life

Jamel Myles had only just started at a new school days before taking his own life

A Colorado mother says bullying is to blame after her son took his own life the first week of school.

Leia Pierce says bullying was a factor in the death of her son, Jamel Myles.

Over the summer, his mom said he came out to her as gay. So I looked back because I was driving, and he was all curled up, so scared.

Jamel was curled up in the back seat of the family vehicle when he told his mother he was gay, she said. His body was found at home on Thursday, Ms Pierce said.

Jamel Myles started 4th grade at Joe Shoemaker Elementary School in Denver on Monday.

"He went to school and said he was going to tell people he's gay because he's proud of himself", Pierce said.

"Four days is all it took at school", she said. But four days after the beginning of the term, he was dead. "I could just imagine what they said to him", Pierce said, according to ABC.

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A nine-year-old boy in Denver, Colorado, has killed himself less than a week into his fourth schoolyear after he came out as gay to his class. "I'm just sad he didn't come to me", Pierce said.

Through the devastation, Pierce wants to spread awareness about the effects of bullying.

He also said he wanted to begin dressing more femininely. "He was like, 'Mom I'm gay, '" Pierce recalled.

"We should have accountability for bullying", Pierce told KDVR-TV. She says he killed himself after being bullied. "My baby killed himself", Myles' mother, Leia Pierce, told The Denver Post. I think the child should.

"Our goal is to partner with you in sharing this news with your child in the most appropriate way possible, with as much support as may be needed, so please feel free to reach out about how you want to handle this".

Denver Public School officials sent a letter to parents on Friday to inform them of the tragic death and said they will be providing grief counselors.

The Denver Police Department confirmed Jamel's death was a suicide and said it's continuing to investigate the circumstances, which appear non-criminal at this time. She also thinks the parents should be held accountable if their child is bullying "because obviously the parents are either teaching them to be like that, or they're treating them like that", she said.

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