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12-year-old Tennessee boy commits suicide after being bullied for being gay

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WKRN, saying her son loved doing the laundry and cleaning his clothes every day.But Eli’s treatment at the hands of his classmates went far beyond teasing to outright condemnation.“He was told because he didn’t necessarily have a religion and that he said he was gay that he was going to go to Hell.

They told him that quite often,” Debbey Fritchley said.“It was really abusive. I don’t think it was ever physical. I think it was just words, but words hurt.

They really hurt,” Steve Fritchley added.“He didn’t care, or at least we thought he didn’t care, and that’s what’s really difficult for us because we thought he didn’t care,” Debbey said of how her son  remained friendly and compassionate despite the bullying. “This has just blindsided us..

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