9-year-old boy dies of suicide, mother says he was bullied

DENVER, Colo. A Denver mother is pleading for parents to teach their children to love everyone after her 9-year-old committed suicide because he was bullied.

Leia Pierce KDVR says weeks before school started, her son, Jamel Myles, told her he was gay.

"And he looked so scared when he told me. 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," she said.

Jamel started fourth grade on Monday, but on Thursday, Pierce found him dead in their home.

She said Jamel to his sister the kids at school told him to kill himself.
"I'm just sad he didn't come to me."

Denver Public School said extra social workers and its crisis team would be available for students. It also said it would continue to provide support for the family.

Pierce said she now wants to raise awareness about the effects of bullying so that no other child or parent has to go through the pain she's endured.

Remember, if you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, help is available. You can call 1-800-273-8255 or click here.