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RIP Andrew Leach: 12-Year-Old Hangs Himself After Relentless Bullying at School

by Nayab

A precocious 12-year-old boy took his own life by hanging in a tragic ode to persistent bullying. The sixth grader, named Andrew Leach, left a note behind, explaining his drastic actions to his devastated parents.

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Mum Cheryl and son Andrew (L). (Source: Facebook)

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Cheryl said her son was a definite “momma’s boy”. (Source: Facebook)

His father, Matt Leach, admitted that his bright and thoughtful son had been plagued by bullies for years. This was confirmed by his heart wrenching note. Andrew made the terrible decision after he was relentlessly bullied for coming out as bisexual.

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The sweet 12 year old hung himself after being bullied. (Source: Facebook)

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Friends and family paid him warm tributes. (Source: Facebook)

Andrew’s 16-year-old brother found his body in the family garage in a Memphis suburb. Andrew attended the Southaven Middle School in Mississippi. However, the school was anything but a haven for him.

The school yard became his metaphorical hell after other children tormented him about his sexuality, according to the New York Post. His father said that his son had been “struggling a lot internally with sexual orientation.” When he finally came out, instead of celebrating his bravery, kids at the school “amped up” their bullying.

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His mom has started a Go Fund Me campaign against bullying. (Source: Facebook)

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The preteen was also bullied for being fat. (Source: Facebook)

Andrew’s mother, Cheryl Hudson, reported that both of her sons were bullied. In Andrew’s case, he was plagued by a specific group of children who would call him “fat, ugly and worthless.” The preteen finally decided he couldn’t put up with it and ended the bullying, albeit in a tragic manner.

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He also came out as bisexual, another thing bullies picked up on. (Source: Facebook)

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The school has had numerous instances of bullying before Andrew. (Source: Facebook)

Andrew’s personality didn’t match his drastic action, though. His mother said he was always smiling and had a very loving heart. Most of his time was spent outdoors; he often went out camping. He also loved cheering people up when they weren’t feeling good. He was a caring and generous child.

It’s a shame that his classmates didn’t appreciate this side of him; they didn’t bother to get to know him for who he was. Instead, they judged his outer appearance and sexual preferences, and picked on him.

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His father hopes to make other parents aware of this issue (Source: Facebook)

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Numerous tributes have been held in Andy’s honor. (Source: Facebook)

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The Go Fund Me campaign has raised a lot of funds too. (Source: Facebook)

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Andy will always be remembered fondly. (Source: Facebook)

Bullying has taken more than one life at Andrew’s school. Cheryl reported that a few years ago, a young girl killed herself by hanging from a water tower. Allegedly, she was also a victim to schoolyard bullies.

Andrew’s parents now want to raise awareness about the problem that took their son away from them. “I want them to know what they’ve done and how it affects other people,” his dad said.

He also wants to warn other parents to check for signs in their children; he cautioned to check irregular sleeping habits, moods and eating patterns.

We hope Andrew rests in peace.



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  • Livvy McGlinchey
    April 3, 2018

    My heart goes out to all of you. I was bullied all through my time at school, college then in some of my working life. Somehow I have managed to find a way to stand up for myself. Bullying is the worst thing that can happen to you & your loved one\’s. Thankyou for publicly sharing your story to try & wipe out bullying. May your beloved son Andrew rest in peace & you find a way to carry on his heroic name

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