By all accounts Andy Leach was special.
But his mom said she missed that her son needed help of his own.
“I guess I was just oblivious to it. He just always seemed happy,” Hudson said.
Behind the smile, his father Matt Leach said Andy was questioning himself.
“He was struggling a lot internally with sexual orientation,” he said. “He finally came out with the information at school that he thought he may be bisexual. I think that really amped up the bullying.”
“We found notes that told us of his plan,” Leach said.
They found him dead from suicide in the outdoor garage.
It helped explain a lot, but offered little relief.
“I want them to know what they’ve done and how it affects other people,” Hudson said.
They don’t think their son knew about the national suicide hotline (call 1-800-273-8255) or other local resources.
“If you think there’s any chance of your child suffering from depression, their grades are drastically changing, their eating habits or sleeping habits changed, then get in their business. Talk to them,” Leach said.
“All bullying reports are treated with the utmost importance. Students and parents are encouraged to contact school officials anytime there are bullying concerns, and they can use a link on the DeSoto County Schools website if they would prefer to report bullying incidents anonymously. All claims are investigated thoroughly, and school counselors are trained to help students and intervene when they are aware of a situation,” the district wrote.