CHICAGO (CBS) — A south suburban mother wants school officials – and parents – to hear her story of how she almost lost her 12-year-old son last week to suicide, because he was bullied.

“He left himself alone in a room, told my daughter that he loved her, and then he attempted to strangle himself with a belt,” she told WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller.

Her 12-year-old son is in a gifted program at school, and he loves learning, she said. But years of teasing culminated in a suicide attempt less than a week ago.

“How do you move on when you’re at an age when you want to be liked, you want to be accepted, you have difference that you are just coming to grips with, and at the same time you just want to be a good student,” she said.

She believes school officials need to do more, and she has some advice for parents.

“Talk to your children.”

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