A 14-year-old was found dead in his bedroom weeks after coming out as gay online.
In a video entitled ‘Coming Out,” Liam McAlpine of Fife, Scotland, reportedly took to YouTube last month to reveal he was gay. He also expressed fear that coming out would make him a target of abuse.
According to The Scottish Sun, McAlpine talked in detail about being bullied in a previous video:
“You don’t go to school to get bullied every day. You go to learn. School is meant to be a safe place but getting bullied every day and picked on, is that really safe?”
During the same video, the teen urged teachers at Glenrothes High School to “get their acts together” and do something to stop bullying. However, he maintained he wasn’t a victim.
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His father, William McAlpine, 44, found Liam dead in his bedroom on Sunday, the Daily Record reported.
“We as a family are devastated by the loss of our beloved son, grandson, nephew, and brother. We wish to be left in private to mourn,” Liam’s family said in a statement released through Police Scotland.
Avril McNeill, head teacher of Glenrothes High School, lamented Liam’s passing and pointed out that the school has “robust” anti-bullying policies in place.
Though police said Liam’s death was “unexplained,” they are investigating whether it is linked to a prescription drug epidemic taking over local schools.
The BBC reported that Glenrothes students received a letter informing them that Citalopram, an antidepressant, Fexofenadine, an antihistamine and Bedranol, a beta blocker, are in circulation at several secondary schools.
“While there does not appear to be any issues with the composition of these medications, if consumed they can cause serious side effects and may have life-changing consequences.”
[Feature Photo: Police Scotland]