CNN.com profiles a family, from Dunaire, Georgia, who has suffered from school bullies. Eleven-year-old Jaheem Herrera hung himself, after he was perpetually called “gay” at school.
Jaheem’s mom told CNN: “He used to say Mom they keep telling me this … this gay word, this gay, gay, gay. I’m tired of hearing it, they’re telling me the same thing over and over.”
But while she says her son complained about the bullying, she had no idea how bad it had gotten.
“He told me, but he just got to the point where he didn’t want me to get involved anymore because nothing was done,” she said.
[His mom] Masika Bermudez said she complained to the school about bullying seven or eight times, but it wasn’t enough to save him.
“It [apparently] just got worse and worse and worse until Thursday,” she said. “Just to walk up to that room and see your baby hanging there. My daughter saw this, my baby saw this, my kids are traumatized.”
She said Jaheem was a shy boy just trying to get a good education and make friends.
Less than a month before Jaheem’s death, a boy in Massachusetts killed himself after being bullied, harassed and called “gay.”
Suicide hotline numbers
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
Image: Flowers and stuffed animals sit at the door step of Jaheem Herrera’s home / CNN.com