Desperate parents tell how their 11-year-old gay daughters committed suicide over bullying
A heartbreaking a shocking story recently came to light. It involves two lesbian girls who committed suicide because their sexual orientation was not accepted. Now their parents are speaking about what happened.
Two 11-year-old girls from North Dakota, Madissen Foxx Paulsen and Sophia Leaf-Abrahamson, were inseparable best friends who called each other ‘girlfriend.’
The tween girls committed suicide within months of each other. It is believed that this happened because they did not receive acceptance from their peers in regards to their sexuality.
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Madissen was the first of the girls to commit suicide, which she did use her father’s shotgun at her family home. Sophia followed two months later by hanging herself in her parent’s house.
Now, a year and a half after the suicides, their parents are speaking out about the events that transpired and their heartbreaking loss.
Girlfriends, 11, shot and hanged themselves after classmates bullied them for 'coming out' https://t.co/sbUWRn7R3c— The Sun (@TheSun) January 10, 2019
Their parents were devastated to only learn after their deaths that Madissen and Sophia were being bullied by their peers at school for their sexuality.
Despite their tragic loss, the girls’ parents chose to remember the happy memories they have of their daughters, such as Sophia’s love of the outdoors.
A 10 year old girl called Lily-Jo tried to commit suicide last November. Her mother, Jess Brown, shared photographs of her daughter in hospital following her suicide attempt.
Lily-Jo attempted suicide by taking pills. Jess then took her daughter to the doctor who said that she needs to be hospitalized.
She is disgusted that the school is not doing anything about the bullying that led her daughter to want to take her own life.
COMING OUT CRISIS
A nine-year-old boy, Jamel Myles, took his own life after his brave coming out announcement was met with intense bullying by students at his school. His mother, Leia Piece, found Jamal dead in her home just four days after he had started fourth grade.
Denver Public Schools tried to derail reporting on my story about the life of Jamel Myles, the 9-year-old who died by suicide last year amid claims he was bullied at school. Jamel's life was far more complicated, though. (via @5280Magazine) #longreads https://t.co/edLIPCXdpt— Robert Sanchez (@MileHighRobert) January 7, 2019
He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced deceased. His mother had the following to say about the incident:
“Four days is all it took at school. I could just imagine what they said to him. My son told my oldest daughter the kids at school told him to kill himself. I’m just sad he didn’t come to me. I’m so upset that he thought that was his option."