A gay teen in Tennessee killed himself last Friday after leaving a note in a trash can that read “please help me mom,” according to WSMV-TV, the NBC affiliate, in Nashville.
Phillip Parker, 14, hanged himself in his foster parents’ bathroom in Gordonsville. Family members told WSMV he had been constantly bullied for a year.
"He kept telling me he had a rock on his chest," said Ruby Harris, Phillip's grandmother. "He just wanted to take the rock off where he could breathe."
The family said it reported the bullying to Gordonsville High School officials on several occasions, but the situation kept getting worse.
"I should have knew something was wrong, but he seemed happy," Phillip's mother Gena Parker told Nashville's CBS affiliate News Channel 5. "After he did what he did, we found out a lot that we didn't know and there is a lot of bullying that goes on at the school."
The tragedy comes a month after another gay Tennessee teen, Jacob Rogers, took his own life. Just a week ago, Eric James Borges, who made an anti-suicide video encouraging other gay kids to keep fighting, killed himself in California, according to ABC News.
A candlelight vigil was held last night in Gordonsville to honor Phillip's memory.