Jamel Myles was a fourth grader living in Denver who told his classmates on the first day of school that he was gay, Fox reports. He had previously told his mother the summer before – “He was like, ‘Mom I’m gay.’ And I thought he was playing, so I looked back because I was driving, and he was all curled up, so scared. And I said, I still love you,” Jamel’s mother, Leia Pierce, told the publication.
After coming out to his class, Jameljame got bullied and teased and after four days he sadly took his life. “Four days is all it took at school. I could just imagine what they said to him,” Leia said. “My son told my oldest daughter the kids at school told him to kill himself. I’m just sad he didn’t come to me.”
Since the tragic passing, stars such as Kehlani, Laverne Cox and more have taken to social media to mourn the loss of the young boy. “jamel myles’ confidence, pride, and eagerness to share his new found freedom with his parents and then classmates at 9 years old is beautiful and hope that is the memory celebrated continuously. rest in peace little warrior. the lessons here are clear,” Kehlani tweeted.
Laverne Cox added: “This has to stop happening. It just must stop. Our bullying culture is killing children.”