15-Year Old Black Gay Teen Commits Suicide After Experiencing Bullying | Ebonynsweet

Black News — Nigel Shelby, a 15-year old Black student attending Huntsville High School in Alabama, has taken his own life after being bullied for being gay. A lot of people are now raising awareness about bullying in the LGBTQ community.
“We were saddened to learn this morning of the death of Nigel Shelby, one of our 9th grade students,” Aaron King, the principal at Huntsville High School, said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.”
Rocket City Pride, a Huntsville-area LGBTQ group, expressed their grief on Shelby’s untimely death and protested about the bullying.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise donations to help pay for Nigel Shelby’s funeral. If you would like to donate you can follow the link below.

NBC News spoke with the mother of an Alabama teenager who died by suicide late last week wants his legacy to include more than just the circumstances surrounding his death.
"I don't want him to be remembered as a kid who was bullied for being gay and who took his own life," Camika Shelby told NBC News on Tuesday. He was so much more than that. I just grabbed him and hugged him and told him I already knew," Shelby said. "I told him I would never turn my back on him. I always told him, 'Whatever you want in life, you can have it.'"

Nigel, an aspiring performer, was a freshman at Huntsville High School. He died by suicide April 18.

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