Safe Schools Coalition Issues Statement Mourning Bullied Teen’s Suicide

WARNING: This story might be distressing for some readers. If you are in distress, or if you or someone you know are being bullied, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on 1800 338 881 for anonymous, 24/7 counselling and advice.

If there’s ever been a time to recognise the importance of safe schools in Australia, it’s after the tragic death by suicide of 13-year-old Tyrone Unsworth

The Year 7 student, who attended Aspley State High School in Brisbane, endured years of torment about his homosexuality before he took his own life.

“I feel like these people who were bullying Tyrone are the cause of why he is not here any more,” his devastated mum Amanda told The Courier Mail. “They pushed him to the edge.”

Safe Schools Coalition Australia issued a statement expressing its grief that Tyrone – who was hospitalised less than a month ago following a violent incident, allegedly involving another student – suffered so greatly from the impact of anti-LGBT bullying.

“Safe Schools Coalition Australia (SSCA) is deeply saddened by the impact of bullying and discrimination on all LGBTI young people.

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

It also rightly reminded the community that the Safe Schools program – earlier this year the subject of significant controversy, including totally BS claims it encourages students to cross-dress and teaches gay and lesbian sexual techniques – exists specifically to combat the kind of hate Tyron copped.

“SSCA exists because research shows that students at safe and supportive schools have better educational outcomes and are less likely to have poor mental health outcomes.

The research study, ‘Writing Themselves In’, found that 75 per cent of same sex attracted young people aged between 14 and 21 years of age had experienced some form of homophobic bullying or abuse because of their sexuality, or the perception of their sexuality. 80 per cent said it was while they were at school. 

Research also highlights that young LGBTI people suffer higher rates of poor mental health and suicide due to bullying and discrimination. 

As a capacity building program for educators, SSCA is all about creating safer, more inclusive and supportive school environments for LGBTI young people. Research tells us that in doing so we can improve students’ educational engagement and wellbeing.”
RIP Tyrone.
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