11-Year-Old Boy Dies By Suicide After Being Bullied for His Weight
Phillip Spruill, a handsome 11-year old older brother from Philadelphia, committed suicide apparently after being bullied repeatedly for months by his classmates. The fifth grader, who was targeted by bullies because of his weight, took his own life with a belt wrapped around his neck twice. A horrifying sight when his mother found him earlier this month.
“He was a very sensitive little boy. He loved to laugh. He loved to play. He wanted to make friends with everybody he saw. He was a very kind little boy,” Phillip’s grandmother, Linda Lash-Smith, said in an interview on Sirius XM’s The Clay Cane Show.
Lash-Smith added that while her grandson, who goes to Benjamin B. Comegys Elementary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, wouldn’t show the other kids that he is bothered by the hurtful comments, he often came home crying to her and his parents because of it.
Phillip’s 7-year old younger brother was also bullied. Lash-Smith said other kids were “calling him gay because he likes to dance and twirl around. They would make hurtful comments on the school bus and school saying, ‘Here comes fatty and faggot.’”
The boy’s family tried to talk to the school officials to stop the bullying. However, Phillip himself has been suspended 15 times between September and March because he was apparently interacting in fights. He was labeled a “troublemaker” although he wasn’t the one starting the fight. He only had to defend himself and his brother, his grandmother said.
His aunt, who created their GoFundMe page says that her nephew “was CONSTANTLY called FAT and teased for his size and weight decided that he wanted nothing else to do with this crazy world he was birthed into. Please talk to your children on the seriousness and the severity of BULLYING and the effects it has on other people. #STOPTHEBULLYING #NoBulliesForPhil”
Phillip, who struggled with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), also developed anxiety and depression due to…