The parents of a 12 year old Webster Parish student who lived with autism are opening up about their son’s death, and how every parent should begin a discussion about bullying with their children.
Brylee Duncan-Helms, a 6th grade student, took his own life on February 4th. Parents Jennifer and Justin Helm say Brylee did exhibit some changes in the days prior to his death, but he was never one to complain.
“He never said anything about the kids picking on him. He never said anything that even remotely made us think he was going to hurt hiself,” says Jennifer.
Earlier this week Jennifer was contacted by a mother of Brylee’s classmate. The classmate was able to detail bullying incidents that had taken place in the weeks before his suicide.
The family hopes his story will be noticed, and parents will have conversations about bullying. They have started a #BryleeStrong hashtag.
“Just to get people to talk, to open up the conversations between parents, between parents and their children.” says Justin.
“We didn’t have a clue but parents should, you know, if you see your child struggling with something, talk to them, be their backbone, because at 12 they need someone to tell them everything’s going to be okay, we’ll work through this,” says Jennifer.
A funeral home has covered some of Brylee’s funeral expenses. The family is raising money to pay off Brylee’s casket and headstone. A GoFundMe page has been set up at: Brylee Duncan GoFundMe