A grieving mother has shared a heartbreaking photograph of her 12-year-old son in his coffin, after he killed himself over being bullied for his sexuality.
Andrew Michael Leach was found hanged in his dad's garage in Southaven, Mississippi, last week, by his 15-year-old brother.
A suicide note revealed that he took his own life after the bullying at Southaven Middle School intensified with his tormentors telling him he wouldn't 'make it out' of a school bathroom.
Cheryl Hudosn, the grieving mother of Andrw Leach, has shared a heartbreaking photograph of her 12-year-old son in his coffin, after he killed himself over being bullied for his sexuality
The boy's father Matt Leach told WREG that his son's classmates had tormented him after he came out as bisexual.
'He was struggling a lot internally with sexual orientation,' he said. 'He finally came out with the information at school that he thought he may be bisexual. I think that really amped up the bullying.'
Now his family have shared a photo of their son in his open casket in the hope it would encourage bullies to understand the effect it has on their victims.
Cheryl Hudson told Metro her son left 'a few different [suicide] notes' which showed he had 'been thinking of this for quite some time.'
Cheryl Hudson (pictured with her son) said her son left 'a few different [suicide] notes' which showed he had 'been thinking of this for quite some time'
'I want them to know what they've done and how it affects other people,' he wrote in one of the notes.
She said the sixth grader was teased by his bullies, who ramped up their abuse to physical threats.
Cheryl said she went into his school to speak with teachers but said she didn't feel like the school did much about it.
'The school that he went to has got an abundance of bullying. The kids can't even go to the bathroom without fear,' she added.
The parents are demanding to know if the school district's zero-tolerance bullying policy was enforced.
'From what we are hearing, there was a group of kids that would go around calling him fat, ugly and