15-Year-Old Nigel Shelby Commits Suicide After Repeated Gay Bashing
Nigel Shelby, a 15-year-old high school student has committed suicide after being a victim of homophobic bullying.
According to multiple Facebook reports, Nigel who was a student at Huntsville High School in Alabama took his own life on Friday after relentless bullying.
“We were saddened to learn this morning of the death of Nigel Shelby, one of our 9th-grade students. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time,” said the principal of the school.
“We are heartbroken over the death of Nigel Shelby, a 15 year old freshman at Huntsville High School,” Rocket City Pride, the local LGBTQ+ Pride organization said in a statement. “Nigel took his life because he was bullied for being gay. There are no words that can be said to make sense of this devastating news.”
A candlelight vigil was held for the young boy on Sunday night. It is not clear if any action has been brought against the bullies.
A GoFundMe page has also been set up to help pay for Shelby’s funeral.
If you are facing similar problems please contact The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 can also be reached 24 hours a day by people of all ages and identities.