Gay Brisbane teen reportedly bullied to death

Published: 25 November 2016


A Brisbane mother has been left heartbroken after her 13-year-old son took his own life because he was repeatedly bullied about his sexuality.

Tyrone Unsworth was a Year 7 student at Aspley State High School and according to his mother Amanda Unsworth, had been taunted for years about being gay.

Tyrone’s death on Monday comes just a few weeks after he was hospitalised following a nasty physical altercation with a fellow student.

It is understood that student hit Tyrone in the face with a fence paling forcing the teen to undergo surgery.

Ms Unsworth claims her son was then too afraid to return to school.

Authorities have since confirmed there is an ongoing investigation into the alleged assault which “changed” the teenager, according to his grandmother Twiggy Jones.

“When he came out of hospital he was a different boy, he just kept telling us all ‘I don’t want to go to school, I don’t want to end up back at hospital’,” she said.

The loving grandmother said her grandson would be remembered for his big beautiful smile.

Meanwhile Ms Unsworth explained that a lot of people started picking on Tyrone because he was quite a 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.

It is understood Ms Unsworth had not reported the incident to Tyrone’s school, but it would still be investigated by Queensland Police.

Apsley State High School principal Jacquita Miller said her thoughts are with Tyrone’s family.

“We are really sympathetic with the family, and his loved ones and peers,” Ms 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.”

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