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El Paso gay teen, bullied for 2 years, commits suicide

Sunday, June 10, 2012

EL PASO, Texas — Another bullied gay youth lost to suicide.

El Paso teen Brandon Elizares, 16, took his own life on June 2, according to family and friends.

Brandon Elizares

Brandon’s mother, Zachalyn Elizares, told KFOX-TV on Friday that her son was bullied at school for two years because he did not want to hide the fact that he was gay.

“He got bullied simply for being gay,” Elizares said. “He’s been threatened to be stabbed. He’s been threatened to be set on fire.”

Elizares said the El Paso Independent school district did everything it could to help solve the problem.

“They’ve reprimanded several kids and they did everything that they could,” Elizares said.

Elizares said that Brandon’s friends told her that there was an incident on Friday at school where someone insulted her son and planned to fight him the next week.

Brandon was a student at Andres High School in El Paso.

“My son had every right to live his live the way that he wanted to, without having to fear that people would call him names or threaten to beat him up,” Elizares said.

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12 more reader comments:

  1. Hey

    Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 5:59pm
  2. not good… lives lost to bullying is just plain STUPID!

    Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 6:00pm
  3. i want to like it to show my support but i cant do that because then i would be “liking” it.

    Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 6:01pm
  4. so sad to keep happening, and not o.k. to give- up

    Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 6:01pm
  5. Im from El Paso and this deeply saddens me :(

    Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 6:02pm
  6. sigh

    Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 6:05pm
  7. It is so sad that ppl think they can gain more from death than life. Y could society just not accept LGBTs from the start?

    Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 6:19pm
  8. So sad!

    Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 6:27pm
  9. Truly sad !!!

    Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 7:40pm
  10. Terrible.

    Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 9:24pm
  11. Such a sad loss of life . His poor family ! These bullies should be punished appropriatly

    Posted on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 10:28pm
  12. He had a beautiful smile. I feel for his family and friends.

    Posted on Monday, June 11, 2012 at 9:54am