21-year-old Caitlin Kirkaldy kills herself after being bullied for her sexuality. Her grieving mother says she tried to help her.
Caitlin Kirkaldy from Toowoomba, Queensland committed suicide last week. She was suffering from depression and was constantly being bullied for being homosexual.
Caitlin’s mother, Bron Kirklady spoke to Daily Mail about her daughter’s struggles. She said, “I remember her sitting on my lap and crying when she was in Year 9, saying ‘I don’t think I like boys’.”
“We said that was absolutely fine, but I think she really struggled with her sexuality. She was bullied at school for being gay, and she was desperate to be loved,” she added.
Further saying, “Of course we loved her, but I think she really wanted a relationship.”
Bron also talked about the night she found out about her daughter’s suicide. She said, “The night it all unfolded was when my youngest son Liam returned home after traveling around Australia.”
“All three of my kids are extremely close, so she would have wanted to see him,” Mrs. Kirklady continued. “But her phone was off, which was weird, so he went around to her place to see her.”
“When Liam arrived at his sister’s door, her housemate told him she was asleep.” Adding, “Caitlin then came out and had a massive fight with her housemate. Liam said he’d never heard Caitlin yell like that before.”
She further said, “Caitlin ran off, and Liam didn’t know what to do. The next day we hadn’t heard from her and we were worried. The housemate rang and I said “where is she?”, and the housemate replied: “Dead”.’
‘The police asked me to go in to an office at the station, and I just knew,” Caitlin’s mother said. “They confirmed what happened and asked me to identify a photo of Caitlin’s body. I shouldn’t have done that alone.”
The Kirklady family also set up a GoFundMe to pay for their daughter’s funeral.
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