On Tuesday, 13-year-old Tyrone Unsworth committed suicide in Brisbane, Australia after years of merciless antigay bullying by classmates. Rights groups around the world are mourning the teen online and raising money for a funeral fund started by the boy’s mother and grandmother.
News.com.au said his mother Amanda pins the blame for her son’s death squarely on the bullies who tormented him in school.
“Tyrone ended up being gay and a lot of people started picking on him,” said Amanda Unsworth Thursday night. “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.”
“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,” she said.
Weeks ago, Tyrone was attacked by another boy and struck in the face with a piece of fencing. His injuries required hospitalization and surgery. Since then, he was too frightened to go to school.
“Amanda revealed her little boy had such big ambitions for life, with a dream to be a vet and save animals or a fashion designer,” said News.com.au.
Around the world, Mashable.com reported, LGBT groups and anti-bullying organizations are mourning the loss of Tyrone. Australian rights groups are calling for fresh attention to the issue of bullying in schools.
Our government wants to cut funding to the program that helps to prevent this from happening. This is why Safe Schools is critical.
— Matthew Wade (@MatthewRWade) November 24, 2016
Don't tell me bullying needs a generalised overall plan when our families are dying from HOMOPHOBIC attacks. #RIPTyrone
— Brendan Maclean (@macleanbrendan) November 24, 2016
heart is breaking re: tyrone unsworth, what an absolutely unnecessary death. providing support for young queer ppl is so fucking important
— allison gallagher (@aewgallagher) November 25, 2016
Love and respect. Compassion and empathy. Acceptance and equality. #TyroneUnsworth
— Danny Clayton (@DannyjClayton) November 25, 2016
— Amanda Todd Legacy (@AToddLegacy) November 25, 2016
This world is full of shit and you deserved much better dear #tyroneunsworth RIP being gay isn't a crime!
— dilliwaasi (@BhutaniHimali) November 25, 2016
Their names appear on no war memorial.
But they died in the war against gay people.
Lest we forget.
— S E A N (@esseeeayeenn) November 25, 2016
Tragic death of Tyrone Unsworth is reason we need Safe Schools. Seriously conservatives & Christian Lobby, fuck off! https://t.co/bXHtC6dPkM
— Brandon (@kiwiguy72) November 25, 2016
.@LyleShelton a 13 year old child, Tyrone Unsworth, took his own life because of homophobia. Go fuck yourself.
— Shane Bazzi (@shanebazzi) November 25, 2016
My heart breaks for Tyrone Unsworth. Precious child.
Homophobic bullying is given permission & instruction when performed in parliament.
— Sally Rugg (@sallyrugg) November 25, 2016
— Abu Omar (@TalaatTsyehia) November 25, 2016