ANDY’S VOICE

Andy Leach was a silly 12-year-old boy with a contagious smile before relentless bullying pushed him to kill himself, his father says.

“Everybody really enjoyed to be around Andy,” and he had much to look forward to — he loved being a Boy Scout and hoped to play saxophone in the high school band, Matthew Leach told The Associated Press. “So when we found out he was being bullied in any capacity, we started trying to figure out what was going on.” Andy began telling them how school bullies called him fat and stupid about a year ago. Later, a group of students cornered him, saying “You’re not going to make it out of this bathroom.” Andy began telling them how school bullies called him fat and stupid about a year ago. Later, a group of students cornered him, saying “You’re not going to make it out of this bathroom.”

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.