An 11-year-old boy was found dead in an apparent suicide Monday in Springfield, Massachusetts. The boy's mother says school bullies tormented her son with daily assaults of anti-gay taunts.

Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover hanged himself by tying an electrical cord around his neck that was fastened to a support beam in his home after enduring another day of being taunted at New Leadership Charter School.

Sirdeaner L. Walker, the boy's mother, said she had repeatedly called the school to intervene in the bullying over the past six months. She said she called administrators weekly to discuss the issue.

“They were always saying, 'you're gay, you must be gay, you act like a girl',” Walker told Springfield-based The Republican.

Carl told his mother that he had received a five-day suspension for bumping into a girl, who shouted at him and threatened him with harm, on the day he took his own life. School officials deny the boy received a five-day suspension but concede the boy was being punished for the episode.

“This tragic loss of life is the latest example of why anti-LGBT defamation must be eradicated from our culture,” said Neil G. Giuliano, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), a media watchdog and gay rights group, in a statement.

“Words matter and can turn what should be a safe place for learning into a dangerous and isolating [place] for many students – gay and straight – who regularly face verbal and physical attacks,” he added.

Carl played football, basketball and was a Boy Scout. Funeral services are planned for Monday at the Celestrial Praise Church.