A gay teen was bullied so horrifically, and for so long, he took his own life.
He was just 13.
Tyrone Unswworth, a year seven student in Brisbane, Australia, was the target of relentless homophobic bullying at Aspley State High School.
‘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,’ mom Amanda Unsworth told News Corp.
He wanted to become a vet or designer when he was older and his favorite saying was ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me’.
“Obviously they ended up getting him,’ Unsworth said.
Aspley State High School principal Jacquinta Miller says the school was unaware of any bullying against the student.
‘Let me be very clear: no allegation of bullying against this young person was made to our school,”she said in a statement.
‘Neither the student nor his family ever came to us to say there was a problem of any kind.
‘If they did, we absolutely would have stepped in.’
However, Miller did admit that she was aware of an incident that had taken place outside school grounds.
Unsworth said her son was attacked with a fence paling less than a month ago by a fellow student. It was so violent Tyrone needed surgery and was too afraid to return to school.
Miller sent the school’s ‘deepest sympathies’ to Tyrone’s friends and family.
She said: ‘The safety and wellbeing of everyone in our school is our highest priority and we do not tolerate bullying in any way, shape or form.’
Several people in Australia’s LGBTI community has mourned Tyone, including singer Brendan Maclean, journalist Matthew Wade and activist Harry Cook.
Another queer youth in Australia took their life after years of bullying. Tell me again how our fight for equality impedes on your rights?
— Brendan Maclean (@macleanbrendan) November 24, 2016
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
— Harry Cook (@HarryCook) November 24, 2016