Bullied gay teen suicide after cry for help

A gay teenager from Tennessee has hanged himself after being bullied at school.

Bullied gay teen suicide after cry for help
24 January 2012

A 14 year old in Tennessee, US, has become the latest gay teenager to commit suicide after a year of constant bullying at school.

Phillip Parker hanged himself in his foster parents’ bathroom in Gordonsville, leaving a note in a trash can reading 'please help me mom', family members told US news channel WSMV.

'He kept telling me he had a rock on his chest,' Ruby Harris, Phillip's grandmother, told the station.

'He just wanted to take the rock off where he could breathe.'

Phillip's family said they reported their concerns over their son's bullying to Gordonsville High School on multiple occasions, but the bullying by a group of students just got worse.

'He was fun, he was energetic, he was happy' Phillip's mother Gena Parker said, breaking down in tears.

Around 100 friends and family gathered on Saturday night to mourn the loss and vowed to stamp out bullying in the town.

They added they are planning to set up a memorial fund in his name.

Phillip's death comes one month after another gay Tennessee teen, Jacob Rogers, took his own life, and just a week after Eric James Borges, who made an anti-suicide video for the It Gets Better Campaign, killed himself in California.

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