Parents of a Longmont, Colorado, middle school student are demanding harsher consequences after their son attempted suicide following months of bullying and abuse.
“I feel lost and helpless,” the boy’s mother, Shawna, told 9NEWS. “I don’t know how to help my son or take away the pain that he’s feeling.”
The 11-year-old, who remains unidentified for his safety, has reportedly been pushed into lockers, verbally abused and called gay slurs by his classmates.
“He was being told, ‘You’re an effing homo,’ ‘You’re a f*****,’ ‘Why don’t you just kill yourself?’ ‘Nobody wants you,’ ‘You’re a waste of space,’ ‘Nobody wants you,’ ‘If you don’t kill yourself, we’re going to find somebody to do it,’” Shawna said.
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The middle-schooler hit a breaking point when he was surrounded in a bathroom stall at school and told by fellow sixth-graders to kill himself. According to his mother, the boy thought after the incident, “I don’t want to be here anymore.”
On Nov. 9, Shawna's son attempted suicide at home. She and her husband, Eliud, didn’t know about the attempt until two days later, when she talked to a school counselor after finding a video on his school-issued iPad.
The parents are speaking out about the abuse to encourage other parents to be more aware of what happens in their children’s lives in school. They said that they noticed their son feeling sick before school, acting withdrawn, and not eating.
Eventually, their son told them what had been going on and the parents were shocked to hear how bad it had gotten. They don’t want it to happen to anybody else.
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“Kids who bully need to be made examples of so that other kids know and other parents know that it’s not going to be accepted, that it’s not going to be tolerated,” Shawna said.
Longmont police are now investigating the bullying with help from St. Vrain Valley School District, who said they are taking the allegations “very seriously.”
“Every little kid in this world deserves to have a happy life without bullying and being called names just because of the way they are,” Eliud said. “It shouldn’t be that way.”
The incident comes following another case of bullying by a teacher from the same school district. The teacher found herself in hot water after making fun of a student on her Instagram account, writing, “I don’t know him, but I hate him.”