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Sunday
Oct242010

Teen Who Killed Himself Was Bullied, Father Says

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- An Indiana father was trying to schedule a meeting with school officials last week to discuss what he calls a bullying incident when the man's 14-year-old son took his own life.

Corey Moore says students bullied his son Jamarcus, throwing metal at him in welding class.  Moore says there had been other instances of bullying and name-calling in the past at the high school, where the boy was a freshman, as well as in junior high.  

Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers, Ind., issued a statement, saying "Events like these cause all of us to wonder what might have led to this tragedy.  As we learn more about the situation, we will be prepared to examine any circumstances that warrant our review." 

Moore says the school has to pay more attention to such matters. At the school that his son attended, he says, the entire focus was solely on curriculum.  Other students say they are willing to come forward and identify students who may have bullied Jamarcus.

A recent case at Rutgers University in New Jersey has aimed a spotlight on bullying among young people.  In that instance, a freshman leapt from the George Washington Bridge over the Hudson River after his roommate and another student posted live video of the student during a sexual encounter.

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