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 (@Matthew Wade) 1480022171.0
Don't tell me bullying needs a generalised overall plan when our families are dying from HOMOPHOBIC attacks. #RIPTyrone— brendan maclean★☆✫✭ (@brendan maclean★☆✫✭) 1480028866.0
Love and respect. Compassion and empathy. Acceptance and equality. #TyroneUnsworth— Danny Clayton (@Danny Clayton) 1480036706.0
#RIPTyrone 13 yr old, Tyrone Unsworth wanted to be a vet or designer when he grew up. We must end #bullying… https://t.co/88neeeo6a6— Amanda Todd Legacy (@Amanda Todd Legacy) 1480096383.0
Matthew Sheppard Tyrone Unsworth. Their names appear on no war memorial. But they died in the war against gay people. Lest we forget.— Séan (Restes chez toi ou portes un masque putain!) (@Séan (Restes chez toi ou portes un masque putain!)) 1480081074.0
Tragic death of Tyrone Unsworth is reason we need Safe Schools. Seriously conservatives & Christian Lobby, fuck off! https://t.co/bXHtC6dPkM— Brandon (@Brandon) 1480080167.0
.@LyleShelton a 13 year old child, Tyrone Unsworth, took his own life because of homophobia. Go fuck yourself.— Shane Bazzi (@Shane Bazzi) 1480078242.0
My heart breaks for Tyrone Unsworth. Precious child. Homophobic bullying is given permission & instruction when performed in parliament.— Sally Rugg (@Sally Rugg) 1480040047.0
Rest in peace, Tyrone Unsworth. Deepest condolences to the Unsworth family. @corybernardi @GChristensenMP protect our children. #auspol— Abu Omar (@Abu Omar) 1480036833.0