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Trolls create Facebook profiles to harass Tyrone Unsworth's mother

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Fake social media accounts have appeared online in the name of Tyrone Unsworth, a 13-year-old boy who took his own life last week after years of homophobic bullying.

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Users using Facebook profiles with images of Tyrone and his name have been commenting on messages in support of Tyrone’s family – including posts from Tyrone’s bereaved mother Amanda Unsworth.

Ms Unsworth says she has reported the fake profiles, and Queensland authorities are monitoring online activity in relation to this issue.

“Our son is dead and you still want to bully him grow up you pathetic little bastards,” Ms Unsworth wrote on Facebook.

Ms Unsworth sent a direct message to one account in Tyrone’s name, informing the user they had been reported to the Australian Federal Police. The user responded saying “Im tough” accompanied by a picture of themselves holding what appears to be a gun.

Australian LGBTI rights activist Rodney Croome told the Daily Mail these troll accounts highlight the intense homophobia some individuals can harbour.

“I extend my sympathies to the family of Tyrone Unsworth and share their outrage that he is being bullied beyond the grave,” Mr Croome said.

“The continued bullying highlights how deep that hatred of LGBTI people still runs in some part of Australian society.”

Vigils have been held across Australia to honour Tyrone’s life and family, including here in Perth on the steps of the WA Museum last night.

Tyrone’s funeral service will be held in Queensland on Thursday.

OIP Staff

OUTinPerth have chosen not to republish images of the comments due to their nature.

If you are struggling with anxiety or depression, support and counselling are available;

Lifeline: 13 11 14

beyondblue: 1300 22 4636 / beyondblue.org.au

QLife: 1800 184 527 (Free) / qlife.org.au 
(QLife are a counselling and referral service for LGBTIQ+ people)


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