Andrew Leach: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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GoFundMe Andrew Leach is on the right.

Andrew Leach, a 12-year-old Mississippi boy who died by suicide after being bullied, was remembered as a “very loving boy” whose smile was contagious. His parents have now launched an anti-bullying campaign.

Andrew is one of a series of American youths who took their own lives after bullying, some of it exacerbated by social media. Andrew Leach attended Southaven Middle School in Southaven, Mississippi. Some of the bullying that Andrew – called Andy – received was due to his sexual orientation, his father told WREG-TV.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Andrew Leach Was Bullied in School After Revealing He Might Be Bisexual, His Father Says

Tragically, the bullying escalated against Andy Leach after he told classmates that he might be bisexual, his father told WREG in an interview. Andy was teased and called names, his parents say.

His mother says he was called “fat, ugly, and worthless” by other kids.

“He was struggling a lot internally with sexual orientation,” Matt Leach told the television station. “He finally came out with the information at school that he thought he may be bisexual. I think that really amped up the bullying.”

The father described the bullying to the TV station, saying, “Kids were telling him, ‘We’re gonna put hands on you. You’re not going to make it out of this bathroom.’ Things of that nature.”

Andy’s mother Cheryl remembered the child as her “diamond.”

“Another story… went out for a little while one night to a movie. When I got home, he was asleep on my bed. He had his suitcase packed and it was sitting in my closet. I asked him why, and he said ‘I’m moving into your room with you Mommy!’ This child was my light. My sunshine. My diamond. 💔💔💔” she wrote in a heart-wrenching post on Facebook.


2. Andy Was Remembered as a Fun & Loving Little Boy

A GoFundMe campaign to help Andy’s family has raised more than $10,000. The page says “our hearts are saddened as Andy has went to be with the Lord this evening. Andy was a fun loving, outgoing 12 year old little boy.”

The statement on the GoFundMe page adds that Andrew “will be missed deeply by all that knew and loved him. No words could come close to expressing what this family is enduring. I hope to raise funds to help with his final expenses. All money will go for arrangements and to help his family in the days ahead. If you can’t contribute monetarily I ask that you pray for his mom, dad, brothers, family & friends. I ask that you kiss your kids and hug them a bit tighter. We never know when God may need them back. Please feel free to share the campaign and Thank You all for the love and support as we struggle to find peace in the days ahead. God Bless.”

Andy’s mother has shared a series of heartbreaking stories about her son on Facebook. In one, she wrote that he loved to learn how to cook. “Another story just came to mind. Andy loved to learn how to cook. He wasn’t always good at it but he loved it. I came home from work one day (this happened several times) and sitting on my nightstand would be something he made. Once, it was sliced potatoes that were dang near raw lol But he always thought about things he could do for me, help me with, he loved doing special things for me,” she wrote.

“He once made eggs …and the whole box of salt had been dumped in them I think…Andy was so proud. He just cooked pancakes last week and did a perfect job with them. It’s these little things that break my heart. His nature was so sweet, sarcastic, hilarious… I miss him soooo much. From the day he was born, I’d sing Angel to him. Even when he was 8 or 9 years old, if he was having a bad day, I’d sing that to him and he would always cheer up. I wanted to sing it at his service but there was just no way. 😥”

In another post, she shared this story: “I also remember each time I’d give him a bath. I’d get him out of the tub and stand him up on the toilet to dry him off. One night he said ‘Mommy, I don’t want to eat anymore.’ I said ‘what?? Why baby?’ And he said ‘if I eat I’ll get bigger. And then you won’t be able to hold me anymore.’ God I miss my baby so much.”


3. Andy’s Family Has Launched a Crusade to Stop Bullying

Andrew’s parents – father Matt and mother Cheryl – have spoken out in the media after their son’s death. They want to use the tragedy to educate others about the dangers of bullying.

“I am on a crusade that I plan to not stop,” said Andy’s mom, Cheryl Hudson, told LocalMemphis.com.

Andy’s father said that school officials intervened at the request of the parents after Andy was bullied, but the bullying didn’t stop. “There shouldn’t be a time when a parent has to pick out a gravestone for a young child,” Matthew told the news station.


4. Andrew Leach Hanged Himself in His Family’s Garage

Horrifically, Andrew took his own life by hanging himself in the family garage. He left behind notes. He was only in the 6th grade.

Andy’s 16-year-old brother found his body.

In a statement Desoto County Schools 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. Our hearts go out to this young student’s friends and family.”


5. Other Children in the U.S. & Canada Have Also Committed Suicide Due to Bullying

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Mallory Grossman.

Mallory Grossman was a beautiful 12-year-old girl from New Jersey with a memorable smile who loved cheerleading and once made jewelry to help children with cancer. She also was allegedly being bullied on Snapchat and other platforms, according to News 4. The same day her mother complained about the alleged bullying to the school, Mallory died suddenly, according to NBC New York. Her family has now revealed that she died by suicide.

Rosalie Avila, a 13-year-old girl from California, also died by suicide after being bullied.

In Canada, Jolynn Winter, Chantel Fox and Jenera Roundsky, all 12, committed suicide since January 2017 in what was a possible suicide pact in Wapekeka, an aboriginal community. In 2016, Katelyn Nicole Davis, of Polk County, Ga., streamed her suicide on social media. She was also 12. Gabriel Taye, an 8-year-old Ohio boy, also died by suicide after being bullied.

A Pennsylvania family has written an emotional, heart-wrenching obituary for Sadie Riggs, a 15-year-old girl who hung herself after being tormented by bullies. Sadie was from Bedford, Pennsylvania, and her family decided to make a statement against bullies in the heartbreaking obit.

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Sadie Riggs. (Facebook)

Her death is highlighting the growing concerns of bullying among young people in a social media driven society, and family members hope Sadie’s suicide will start a movement against bullying. Wrote one woman on Facebook after reading the widely shared obit: “Didn’t know Sadie, but after reading her obituary I have tears in my eyes. Her life mattered. We must cause change! We must treat others with kindness. We must teach our children that our words matter. This philosophy is so simple, yet as a society we are obviously failing.”

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In California, a 10-year-old died by suicide after a video of her fighting with classmates went viral on the app Musical.ly. Ashawnty Davis was on life support for two weeks after her family found her hanging inside of her closet.

33 Comments

33 Comments

Young Christian's mother

Bible says,,
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and with people.
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Contemporary English Version
Jesus became wise, and he grew strong. God was pleased with him and so were the people.
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Good News Translation
Jesus grew both in body and in wisdom, gaining favor with God and people.
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Tell all the children who feel they are fat,,
TELL rest of the children Jesus is fat and big,,so don’t bully a Jesus body ,
Jesus will punish us..,, because,,
,,Jesus was also fat when he was a child.
If any children bullying physically big size children ,,
Parents please scold them ,,warn them ,,
Not to mock Jesus’s body.
This parents and teachers or Sunday class teacher must teach children.
Tell,
Jesus was made ugly on the cross ,,
So don’t bully if anybody is ugly ,,,,
All are precious to Jesus.
😎😎😎

WhatintheWorld

Um, your personal take on increasing in stature, assuming that means ‘fat’, is a bit concerning. Only b/c it makes one wonder what other personal assumptions you take from God’s Word in error. Otherwise, it would be humorous.
As we age, we ALL increase in stature, grow in body & strength. We should also be growing in wisdom. It’s all a part of the aging & growth process of a human being.
There is zero indication of Jesus being ‘fat’ in the Bible. He walked everywhere, as did many, & was about His Father’s business as early as the age of 12. His Father was pouring knowledge, wisdom & ‘spiritusual growth’ into His Son, daily.
He was being groomed for what He was here for. To impress upon the world, the Good News. To be our Savior.

He lived in an average means family, so no extra $ for the more fattening foods & delights of the rich of those days.
A very different time then than today, when even poor Americans can be quite heavy, b/c of their poor diets, of many fattening foods.
Man was originally created in God’s image. But b/c of his continual, willful sin, that too, has changed over time.
The truth, when faced by most, will not be pretty at their judgement. People are punished for their willful sin against a Perfect God & Christ.
And final, White Throne Judgement, will be reserved for those who willfully disregarded Jesus, in lieu of themselves.

Please ask God to guide you, when you are in His Word. Giving you understanding & wisdom. You can not grasp what He has for you in it, w/o it. Just reading it, does little.

K.manikandan Moses, Dubai, Sharja UAE

Jesus loves this little boy Andrew Leach.
ANDREW LEACH ,,YOU ARE MOST PRECIOUS BOY and LOVABLE KID TO JESUS CHRIST .
✓✓
I always have little fear to send my son school.
But God is with him.
Jesus is enough for us.
We have to love Jesus more than anyone in this world,,even our parents ,wife and children.
My son’s hand was handicapped by the doctors while taking him out of his mother’s WOMB,,
My brother remains unmarried,,
Many of my family members are mentally ill,,,
This my mother thinks a curse ,,,
No says the below message,,,,,
I pray for this little boy Andrew Leach and his family.✓✓
God loves this boy very much.
We must always tell our children that Jesus is always watching us and Loving us .✓
Jesus loves children and sent several Angels to Guard us.,,,,
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Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law
CHRIST HAS REDEEMED us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us.
What was that curse?
It is recorded in Deuteronomy, chapter 28, where we are told that the following
diseases came upon the people because of disobedience to God’s law: pestilence,
consumption (or tuberculosis), fever, inflammation, extreme burning, botch, emerods, scab, itch, blindness, smiting in the knee and in the leg, and failing of the eyes.
If your case has not been definitely stated in this list, then listen to verses 60-61 of
this chapter: all the diseases of Egypt, and also every sickness and every disease which is not written in the book of this law.
These words include you and your case, Redeemed from Curses.
Paul says that Christ redeemed us from this curse of the law, because he was made a curse for us. The curse of the law includes all diseases, every sickness, and every plague known throughout the history of the world.
In order for Christ to redeem us from this terrible curse of the law, He was made a
curse for us; that is, He bore for us the punishment prescribed by the law. That is why He had to take our infirmities, and bear our sicknesses.
Adam and Eve sold us into slavery to the devil and put us in bondage to his power,
under his jurisdiction. But Christ has redeemed us. He has bought us back.
He has purchased us with the price of His own body and blood, and freed us. You are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Abundant Life
What a thrill to know that God so loved us that He paid a great price for our
redemption. He gave His Son as our substitute, who assumed our guilt, bore our
judgment and endured our condemnation, in order to absolve us of all debt and obligation to Satan’s regime, so that we could be restored to God as though no sin had ever been committed. He legally redeemed us. He proved how much He values us and wants to be able to share His best with us – His abundant life.
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son.
That was the kind of love we cannot understand God’s love.
Salvation is your emancipation from everything outside God’s will for humankind.
Now you can act accordingly. You may speak the language of a winner.
Confess your freedom, instead of your bondage. Confess: With his stripes, I am healed, instead of your sickness. Confess your redemption from all disease. Confess that your redemption is complete – from sin and sickness.
Confess that Satan’s dominion over you ended at Calvary, because it was there that
God freed you. God’s word states all of this, so confess it.
Slaves Set Free
When the slaves in the United States were emancipated, they were still living in slaves’ quarters. They still looked like slaves. They still felt like slaves. But when they heard the Emancipation Proclamation read, they had a legal right to say, “I am free,” and to act on that liberty.
Believe in your proclamation of freedom: Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which
Christ has made us free
You are free. Confess that. Tell the devil that you have found the truth. He has
known it all the time, but has lied to you and blinded your eyes to it. He has kept you
from knowing your legal rights in Christ, your redeemer. The god of this world (Satan)
has blinded the minds of them which believe not.
Tell Satan you have found the truth – the truth that sets you free from him. Let him
know, by your confession of God’s word, that you are free from his dominion and that you know it.
The statement, He (Jesus) has borne our griefs (sicknesses), and carried our sorrows (diseases), is God’s check for your perfect healing. Endorse that check with your confession, and perfect health will be manifested in your body.
An End to Chronic Ailments
The diseases of your body were laid on Jesus. You need never bear them, because He has borne them for you. All you need to do is believe this and begin to confess it.
Refuse to allow sickness to stay in your body, because you were healed with His (Jesus’) stripes.
If Christians would believe this, it would be the end of so-called chronic ailments in
their bodies. Always remember: Satan is a deceiver, a liar.
Sickness, disease, sin, and infirmities, all were laid on Christ. He bore them. He
carried them away, leaving us free and well. We should rejoice in this liberty of ours.
Redemption has not become a reality to many. It has been only a theory, a doctrine,
or a creed. Satan has taken advantage of this lack of understanding.
We are redeemed from all the power of Satan. That means we are bought back from
the hand of the enemy. We are born again. We are the new creation. We are freed
from the kingdom of darkness. We are no longer slaves of Satan. Sin and sickness no longer rule over us.
You are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit,
which are God’s.
No Trespassing
How can you glorify God in your body when it is weakened by disease? It is just as
impossible to glorify God properly in your body when it is full of sickness as it is to glorify God in your spirit when it is full of sin.
Tell the devil, “Satan, you are a liar. You know I am redeemed, because I have
accepted Jesus as my redeemer. I am no longer dwelling on your territory, and you have no legal right to trespass on my property. It is no longer yours, neither is it under your jurisdiction. I have been redeemed from your authority by Jesus Christ.”
Say to your enemy, “This sickness you have put on me was cursed on the cross of
Calvary for me, and you know that I do not have to bear it. I command you, in Jesus
Christ’s name, to leave my body. I am free from your curse, for it is written: With his
stripes, I am healed, so I am healed. God said so. Satan, you are a liar; your pains are lies, your symptoms are lies, and your words are lies. You are the father of lies, Jesus said you are.” Then, thank the Lord for your deliverance.
Satan knows all of that. It is only when he knows that you have discovered it that he
must respect your words. So few realize that they are free from the dominion of Satan. He knows it, but until you discover it, he will continue his assault on your life. Many have died prematurely because they have not known their rights in Christ.
Crucified, Buried, and Raised With Christ
When Jesus was crucified, we were crucified with Him. I am crucified with Christ.
When Jesus was buried, we were buried with him.
When Jesus arose from the grave as conqueror, we arose with Him. He has quickened us together with Christ; and has raised us up together in Christ.
When Jesus went back to the throne and sat on the right hand of God, (He) made us
sit together (with Him) in heavenly places.
We are his (God’s) workmanship, created in Christ Jesus. Through Jesus Christ, God
made us what we are – a new creation.
If any one be in Christ, that person is a new creature; old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new.
We are now a new creature, made in the likeness of God, through the power of Jesus
Christ. God gives us His nature, His love, His faith, His life, His Spirit, His power. We
are re-created.
All that Jesus did was for us. Everything He conquered was for us. He had no need
to conquer Satan for Himself.
He had no sins of His own to carry away, because He had no sin until He took our sins
He did this for us.
He had no need to put away sickness for Himself, because He had no sickness until He
was made sick for us. He did this for us. He conquered for us; and now that we are
recreated in Christ Jesus and are made partakers with Him, we become conquerors
through Him.
In all these things, Paul says, we are more than conquerors, through him that loved us.
All Was for Us
All that Jesus did was for us, and we are now partakers of His victory.
We were captives, but Christ has freed us from captivity.
We were cursed by sin and sickness; but Christ, our redeemer, has freed us from that
curse and loosed us from its dominion.
We were weak, but the Lord has become our strength, so now we are strong.
We were bound and imprisoned, but Christ has freed us from slavery.
We were sick, but Christ has home our sicknesses and carried them away, so now, with his stripes we are healed.
Remember, you were slaves of Satan. You were bound by sin and sin’s penalty,
sickness. You were subject to Satan’s authority. But now you are free. You now have
Christ’s emancipation proclamation – the Bible – and it is YOURS.
Do not be a slave any longer. Do like the slaves in the United Sates did when they
heard their Emancipation Proclamation read: Claim your liberty; act on your deliverance.
You are free. Shout your freedom. Confess your freedom. Believe in your freedom.
Redemption is a fact. Act on your liberty. Your bondage is past. Your prison is open.
Your freedom is granted.
The Spirit of the Lord God is on me; because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the meek; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captive, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.20 Moffatt’s Translation reads: to tell prisoners they are free, to tell captives they are released.
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The above message was written by Dr. RAVIN Royer brother ,an evangelist of God in India.
GOD BLESS Him.
Tell all the children in the world Jesus loves them .
Jesus loves this little boy Andrew Leach.
My prayers to his family.
Amen.
TELL ALL THE SICK PEOPLE IN THE WORLD JESUS LOVES THEM.AND
JESUS IS ENOUGH FOR THEM.
DON’T WORRY TOO MUCH .
GOD BLESS YOU.