The family of a 12-year-old boy is mourning his loss after he was found dead in his family’s home following what they say was a relentless campaign of bullying at his school.

Andrew Leach was a student at Southaven Middle School in Mississippi, where according to his parents, he was harassed by others after coming out as bisexual. His mother, Cheryl Hudson, told WREG Andrew was found hanging in his family’s home on March 6.

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The devastated mother shared photos of her son’s open casket at his funeral on Facebook and warned other parents to be vigilant to help stop bullying.

“I, as a mother, am absolutely crushed. I say I’ve cried all I can cry, but then moments later, I break down again,” Hudson shared.

“My child was such a sweet-natured, fun-loving kid who was easily a Momma’s boy and I don’t think I’ll ever get over this. All your prayers and support have been humbling and overwhelming and I thank you all for everything you’ve done.”

Hudson said she had spoken to the school’s sixth-grade principal about her son being a target of bullying as she struggled to know what was the right course of action.

“I didn’t know how to handle it. His dad did talk to a teacher one time,” Hudson told the local news outlet. “But from what we are hearing, there was a group of kids that would go around calling him fat, ugly and worthless.”

Hudson told the outlet police were investigating the case, although PEOPLE could not immediately verify this.

Andrew’s father, Matt Leach, told WREG his son was being bullied because he was bisexual.

“He was struggling a lot internally with sexual orientation,” he said. “I think that really amped up the bullying.”

“Kids were telling him, ‘We’re gonna …read more



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