Middle school student who committed suicide on campus was bullied, family says


Via WRAL

Via WRAL

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The death of a 13-year-old boy in North Carolina on campus this week shocked the community. His family says he took his own life after being bullied.

Wendell Middle School eighth grader Austin Pendergrass was found dead on campus Tuesday morning in what was initially called a “medical crisis,” and school officials urged students to go home. it was done.

The boy’s family has now confirmed that he died by suicide.

“There were signs, but the bullying was bad. Austin’s mother, Jessica Pendergrass, said in a comment quoted by local media, CBS17.

On Wednesday night, family and friends gathered to honor their 8th grade son by wearing his favorite color, red.

“I wish Austin knew all these people were here to support him.” [him]said his mother. WRAL“I wish he didn’t feel lonely.”

She hopes his death will “get other parents to check their kids, be mean, look up social media, look up their cell phones, find out what’s going on.” Teach your children to be kind to other children, even if they are different.”

“And hold the kids a little tighter,” she said.

His aunt, Jessica Harris, also referred to the bullying, saying, “I’m so sorry I had to run into my nephew went to school,” and “school let him down.” rice field.

“It’s really sad that he left us. We will cherish all the memories forever, but unfortunately we can’t get our baby back. Nothing,” she said. .

Wake County officials said they were investigating the allegations of bullying, but no further details were immediately available.

His death on campus occurred on the same day school officials met to discuss suicide awareness during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

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