It is a sad fact that bullying today is still rampant and inevitable especially with kids at school who deserve to be free-spirited, loved, and and have the time of their lives. Bullying is one of the primary causes of fear which opens the doors of severe depression, negative thoughts, and low-self esteem that triggers suicidal thoughts. A tragic case happened with 12-year-old Andrew Leach who took his life after some cruel experiences in school.
Andrew or “Andy” for short, was beaten-up emotionally by his schoolmates at Southaven Middle School, which is more hurtful than physical abuse since physical wounds can heal quicker. Other kids kept calling him “fat, ugly, and useless” ever since he told his schoolmates that he might be bisexual.
His father, Matt, narrated in an interview with WREG TV that there was a time when it went far enough that kids were actually giving him death threats even inside the school’s lavatory.
“Kids were telling him, ‘We’re gonna put hands on you. You’re not going to make it out of this bathroom. Things of that nature.”
Worried for their child’s state, Andy’s parents reported and complained to the school’s administration many times, but to no avail. Dismayed, Andy decided to end his misery for good by taking his own life.
Andy’s brother found his body hanging from the ceiling of their garage on Tuesday, March 6. It was an awful site for his 16-year-old brother to witness, especially because he is also a victim of bullying.
Devastated mom, Cheryl Hudson found his son’s farewell letter for them. She could not accept the injustice of her child’s death. She expresses her love and fond memories of her son on Facebook.
Meanwhile, here are a few comments from netizens who were able to read about Andy’s story:
It’s a heartbreaking incident but let Andy’s story be an eye-opener for all to help put a stop to bullying.
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