Mom says Mississippi 6th grader hanged self over bullying

6th grader Andy Leach and his mother Cheryl Hudson
6th grader Andy Leach and his mother Cheryl Hudson

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) – The parents of a 6th grade-boy in Mississippi who hanged himself in the family garage say he was bullied at school after saying he might be bisexual.

WREG-TV reports that 12-year-old Andy Leach left a note for his family before killing himself on March 6. His parents, Cheryl Hudson and Matt Leach, say they learned after his death that other Southaven Middle School students called their son worthless and ugly and threatened to beat him up.

The parents say the school district doesn’t enforce its policy of “zero tolerance” for bullying.

The district says it encourages anyone aware of bullying to report it to school officials so that they can respond appropriately.

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