Mitchell Wilson was an 11-year-old boy.
Mitchell Wilson had muscular dystrophy.
Mitchell Wilson had to use a walker to get around his Ontario school, and last November, he was mugged for an iPhone. The bully was arrested and removed from the school they both attended, but the bullying did not end, and life for Mitchell Wilson did not get better.
Mitchell Wilson committed suicide after a year of being bullied.
Craig Wilson, Mitchell's father: "He was never the same....Subsequent to the beating that he took, he just lost that spark you see in a kid's eye. He had huge anxiety attacks about going outside and going for his walks and going to school by himself."
Craig Wilson found his 11-year-old son in his room, with a plastic bag tied around his head.
With the court date looming for his attacker, and the bullying not being stopped at the school, Mitchell Wilson said to his grandmother, "If I have to go back to that school, I’ll kill myself.”
Mitchell Wilson's suicide has raised fears that the case will not be prosecuted since the boy is no longer alive to testify against his assailant, but the case may be delayed while a written affidavit of a statement the boy made before his death is prepared. The case is now set to begin November 21.
The alleged assailant cannot be identified due to his age, though the Wilson family hopes he can atone for his crimes: “He’s a lost kid. He hasn’t been loved, hasn’t been cared for. We don’t want to be a lynch squad. We want him to do community work with disabled people. All we are trying to do is help this kid understand that his life is going to be zip if he keeps on the road he is on,” Mitchell's grandmother, Pam Wilson, said.
At least he may have a life, troubled though it may be. Mitchell Wilson was never given that chance, because he has muscular dystrophy, used a walker and had an iPhone.
it isn't just gay kids, or questioning kids, being bullied. It's the kids who don't fit some kind of mold. They're gay, or assumed to be; they're fat, or have freckles, or they're skinny. They skin is a different color. They have a disability.
And every day they are being abused, physically, emotionally, and verbally, and it doesn't stop. And for some, they think there is one way to end the pain.
This has to stop.