12-year old Eli Fritchley Commits suicide after being bullied for being gay

12-year old Eli Fritchley and a 7th grade student of Cascades Middle school in Shelbyville, south of Nashville in Tennessee has reportedly taken his own life after he was told several times by his school mates that he would go to hell for being gay. His death was disclosed by his parents who described their son as a “peaceful soul” who didn’t hide his true self, while speaking to WKRN.


They reminisced that Eli, played trombone for his school’s marching band, he liked the colour pink, liked to paint his nails and wore the same clothes, specifically a SpongeBob sweatshirt, almost every day. The parents who spoke in turns to the tv station started with Eli’s mother who said;


“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,” his mother, Debbey Fritchley, 


“I think probably because he was in the same clothes every single day that they used that as a weapon,” Ms. Fritchley said of his bullies, adding that Eli enjoyed doing the laundry, washing his clothes every day.


“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,” Ms. 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,” father Steve Fritchley said.


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