The 15-year-old took his own life after being the target of homophobic bullying from peers.
15-year-old Alabama high school student Nigel Shelby took his own life last Friday after being targeted by bullies for being gay.
“We were saddened to learn this morning of the death of Nigel Shelby, one of our 9th grade students. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time,” Aaron King, the principal of Huntsville High School, where Nigel attended, said in a statement on Facebook.
We are heartbroken over the death of Nigel Shelby, a 15 year old Freshman at Huntsville High School. Nigel took his life because he was bullied for being gay. There are no words that can be said to make sense of this devastating news.
Below is a link to a GoFundMe account to help his mother with his funeral expenses. We will also be collecting donations at Huntsville’s Only Drag Brunch on Sunday and at Drag Queen Bingo on Tuesday.
Please donate what you can to help.
If you or anyone you know need any help, there are resources available for you. CARE Services, Inc. hosts a weekly youth group of LGBT+ teens on Tuesday. GLSEN Greater Huntsville is providing resources and training for schools to support our LGBT+ students. The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBT+ youth.
A GoFundMe campaign has been started to help Nigel’s family cover the costs of funeral expenses, and at the time of reporting, over $16,000+ (of a $26,000 goal) has been raised.
If you are a trans or gender-nonconforming person considering suicide, Trans Lifeline can be reached at (877) 565-8860. LGBTQ youth (ages 24 and younger) can reach the Trevor Project Lifeline at (866) 488-7386. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 can also be reached 24 hours a day by people of all ages and identities.
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