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Teenage Boy Takes His Own Life After Being Bullied About His Sexuality

Tyrone wanted to be a vet or a fashion designer.

25/11/2016 11:14 AM AEDT | Updated 25/11/2016 12:47 PM AEDT
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A 13-year-old Brisbane high school student has reportedly taken his life after being bullied about his sexuality.

The Year 7 student was taunted for years for being gay before his death, his mother, Amanda Unsworth, told the Courier-Mail.

"Tyrone ended up being gay and a lot of people started picking on him," she said.

"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."

She said the people who bullied her son "pushed him to the edge" and were the reason he was not here anymore.

Tyrone's death reportedly comes a month after a violent clash sparked by physical bullying that left the young teen requiring surgery on his jaw after he was hit with a fence paling.

Aspley State High School principal Jacquita Miller said the incident had not been brought to the school's attention and expressed her condolences to the family.

"We are really sympathetic with the family, and his loved ones and peers," Miller said.

"We had no reports to the school of the bullying, we really try to work with families to resolve these complex issues. I'm just so sorry and sad that we didn't have the opportunity to help this young man."

LGBTI community leaders responded with grief and pointed to anti-Safe Schools rhetoric in politics and media.

The Safe Schools Coalition Australia said it was deeply saddened by the impact of bullying and discrimination on young people.

"SSCA is grieving the loss of a precious young life and express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends effected and ask that the public respect their right to privacy," SSCA

"(We exist) because research shows that students at safe and supportive schools have better educational outcomes and are less likely to have poor mental health outcomes."

Entertainer Pauline Pantsdown on Facebook took aim at the politics surrounding Safe-Schools and LGBTI rights.

"Some people say that a tragic death is not the time for 'politics', but it's different when the aim of those 'politics' is to target and destroy services and education that could have directly prevented that death," the entertainer said.

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