An Australian boy killed himself late last month after he was mercilessly bullied for being gay, his heartbroken mother said.
Though just 13 years old, Tyrone Unsworth endured a lifetime of nasty remarks for being "feminine" before he took his own life November 22, according to his mother.
"The boys always picked on him, calling him gay boy, f‑‑‑‑t, fairy; it was a constant thing from [fifth grade]," Amanda Unsworth told the Courier-Mail. "I feel like these people who were bullying Tyrone are the cause of why he is not here anymore. They pushed him to the edge."
Tyrone's friend, Gypsy-Lee Edwards, told the Sydney Morning Herald that the teen was attacked just a month before he killed himself.
"This kid picked up a fence paling and hit him from behind and knocked him out and broke Tyrone's jaw," she said.
The day before the boy died, Gypsy-Lee said he was an "absolute mess."
She added that she was "obviously gobsmacked" when he told her that everyone wanted him dead.
Now, as Tyrone's friends, family and his community in Brisbane come to terms with the tragedy and its implications, celebrities have stepped in to promote the anti-bullying cause in the teen's name.
The celebrities, including Australian pop star Jess Origliasso of the Veronicas and Multicultural Affairs Minister Grace Grace, were among the hundreds of attendees at a gathering to demand more schools participate in the so-called "Safe Schools" program, which aims for "safer and more inclusive environments for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, staff and families."
In a statement released two days after Tyrone's death, the principal at his school, Jacquita Miller, stressed that any bullying he endured was never brought to the school's attention.
"In relation to bullying, let me be very clear: No allegation of bullying against this young person was made to our school," Miller said.
But regardless of where it occurred, Tyrone's grieving mom believes she lost her son to senseless torment.
"All of this Because of BULLIES thinking there tough hero’s. now i dont have my SON never will i ever get to see my beautiful boy alive." Unsworth wrote in a Facebook post.
For the Suicide Prevention Hotline, visit the website or call 1-800-273-8255.