Gay Tennessee Teen Phillip Parker Bullied to Death
A Tennessee 14-year-old has become the latest gay teenager to kill himself over incessant homophobic bullying.
News Channel 5 reports that Phillip Parker, an 8th grade student at Gordonsville High School, took his own life on Friday after deciding that life wasn’t worth living anymore. Found in a trash can near his body was a handwritten note that simply read: “Please help me mom.”
“A sweet kind person like Phillip took it out on himself, he killed himself to get out of the pain,” grandfather Paul Harris told News Channel 5. “Because he was gay, he got mistreated physically, mentally by several people out there at the school, and I am very resentful as a result of it,” he added.
“I should have knew something was wrong, but he seemed happy,” mother Gena Parker told 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,” Harris said.
More than a hundred students told them that Phillip was “obviously” being bullied at school; behavior that family members say they addressed with school officials who did nothing about it.
“Whether it’s verbal or physical a counselor at the school should be on top of it and notify the parents. We weren’t notified, and Phillip didn’t tell us about it,” Harris told News Channel 5. “Verbal abuse is just as bad as physical abuse,” he added.
Now Phillip’s parents are demanding to know who said what to their son to push him to suicide.
“We are going to find out who done it, we are going to get justice for Phillip and you will pay for what you did to my son,” his mother vowed.
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