A teen committed suicide last month after school administrators reportedly harassed and outed the teenager.
Sergio Urrego, 16, killed himself in August after school administrators made his relationship with another young man public and accused him of sexual harassment, The Gaily Grind reports.
Urrego’s mother, Alba Reyes, has come forward about her son’s suicide in order to clear his name.
The relationship was discovered when a teacher at Gimnasio Castillo Campestre school in Bogotá saw a photo of her son kissing his boyfriend on his phone. He confiscated the phone and sent the two boys to the school psychologist.
His boyfriend of a month and a half was then forced to tell his parents about his sexuality and was taken out of the school.
The school reportedly blocked Urrego’s requests to transfer to another school and refused to release his grades and transcripts.
After continuous visits to the psychologist, multiple class suspensions and accusations of being an “anarchist,” “atheist,” and “homosexual,” Urrego jumped from the Titán Plaza shopping center on August 4. He died three hours later at a local hospital.
“My sexuality is not my sin, it’s my own paradise,” Urrego wrote on his Facebook page before taking his life.
On the day of his suicide, Urrego posted the lyrics to Pink Floyd’s “Goodbye Cruel World” on Facebook:
Goodbye cruel world
I’m leaving you today
Goodbye all you people
There’s nothing you can say
To make me change
Reyes says Gimnasio Castillo Campestre, a Catholic institution, handled the situation in a deplorable manner. With the support of LGBT group Colombia Diversa, she is filing a complaint against the school and those involved, according to GLAAD.