Brisbane teen's death spurs fake accounts with his name to troll the mother.
In what should be a time of grief for an Australian mother who lost her son to suicide this month, Amanda Unsworth has instead had to fight off trolls who have taken her son’s identity and pursued her on social media with hateful and disrespectful comments.
Tyrone Unsworth died by suicide this month, he was only 13-years-old. His mother claims that Tyrone was relentlessly bullied both in and away from. school.
"He was a really feminine male, he loved fashion, he loved make-up and the boys always picked on him, calling him gay boy, faggot, fairy; it was a constant thing from year 5," his mother Amanda said. "I feel like these people who were bullying Tyrone are the cause of why he is not here anymore. They pushed him to the edge."
One instance landed Tyrone in the hospital after someone hit him with a fence paling.
Tyrone's story became internationally viral and many on social media shared their condolences to the mother, but other forces are hard at work creating fake Facebook profiles using Tyrone’s name and seeking out his mother in another layer of pejorative bullying.
The Daily Mail Australia posted screenshots of the behavior, and it has many parents and LGBT advocates very upset.
Rodney Croome, an Australian gay rights leader told the publication that bullying the mother is disturbing.
"I extend my sympathies to the family of Tyrone Unsworth and share their outrage that he is being bullied beyond the grave," he said. "The continued bullying highlights how deep the hatred of LGBTI people still runs in some parts of Australian society."
You can see the entire Daily Mail screenshots HERE.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Unsworth's with their funeral costs.
How to find help if you feel suicidal
-- Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860
-- The Trevor Lifeline: (866) 488-7386
-- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
-- Suicide Awareness Voices of Education: save.org
-- Suicide Prevention Resource Center: www.sprc.org
-- Every county operates immediate mental health crisis response services. For information, contact your local county human services agency.