A bullied teenager described himself as 'a loser, a freak and a fag' and said his tormentors were right – before killing himself.
Carlos Vigil, 17, put the tragic note up on his Twitter account on Saturday afternoon. His frantic dad rushed home as soon as he found out, but Carlos was unconscious when he got there.
His son was taken to hospital and put on a life support machine, but it was switched off yesterday morning. In the message, Carlos, from Valencia County, New Mexico, said: "The kids in school are right, I am a loser, a freak and a fag and in no way is that acceptable for people to deal with."
He claimed his fellow students called him gay slurs and he apologised for 'not being a person that would make someone proud'.
His dad Ray Vigil said his son had been teased for a variety of reasons including being gay, having acne and wearing glasses.
"We found out three years ago that he was going through this stuff and we've been trying to help him every day since," Mr Vigil told KOB News.
"We realise he's been going through it every day since he was in the third grade, that's a long time for a child to hold that within himself."
Carlos' distraught mother, Jacqueline, said her son decided to take his own life due to bullying. "It drove him over the edge," she said.
Using his Twitter account his family wrote: "Carlos is finally at peace! Thank you everyone for your support and prayers. Please don't forget what he wanted STOP THE BULLYING."
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