Brandon Elizares

The mother of an El Paso teen who took his own life last weekend said her son had been bullied at school for two years because he was gay. Brandon Elizares, 16, was found dead at his home on Saturday. Elizares mother, Zachalyn, told KFOX14 there had been an incident at school last Friday in which someone insulted her son and planned to fight him this week:

KFOX14 News spoke Elizares’s friends and mother, Zachalyn Elizares, at her Northeast home on Friday, and she said that her son was bullied at school for two years because he did not want to hide the fact that he was gay.

“He got bullied simply for being gay,” Elizares said. “He’s been threatened to be stabbed. He’s been threatened to be set on fire.”

Elizares said the El Paso Independent school district did everything it could to help solve the problem.

“They’ve reprimanded several kids and they did everything that they could,” Elizares said.

Watch KFOX14’s full report here.