Asher Brown: 13-Yr-Old Commits Suicide over Bullying
13-Year-Old Asher Brown Commits Suicide
Asher Brown, a 13-year-old student at Hamilton Middle School in Cypress, Texas, shot himself to death on September 23. Asher Brown's parents say that he was "bullied to death", picked on for two years by bullies at school.
Asher Brown was bullied for being gay; he came out to his stepfather, David Truong, on the morning of his death.
Amy and David Truong say that they complained to the school about the bullying of Asher several times, but nothing was ever done. Cypress-Fairbanks School District spokeswoman Kelli Durham denies that any complaints were made.
School district spokeswoman Kelli Durham, whose husband Alan Durham is a Hamilton assistant principal, said no students, school employees or the boy's parents ever reported that he was being bullied.
That statement infuriated the Truongs, who accused the school district of protecting the bullies and their parents.
"That's absolutely inaccurate — it's completely false," Amy Truong said.
"When you're 13 years old, you don't have the coping skills that you need to know that tomorrow could be better," Debra Murphy of the Montrose Counseling Center told the TV station.
The district did not return calls from Eyewitness News Wednesday morning. The family is expected to take legal action based on a hostile learning environment.