>This case happened in metro-Atlanta county.
He came home much happier than when he left in the morning, smiling as he handed his mother, Masika Bermudez, a glowing report card full of A’s and B’s. She gave him a high-five and he went upstairs to his room as she prepared dinner.
A little later, when his younger sister called him to come down to eat, Jaheem didn’t answer.
So mother and daughter climbed the stairs to Jaheem’s room and opened the door.
Jaheem was hanging by his belt in the closet.
“I always used to see these things on TV, dead people on the news,” says Bermudez. “I saw somebody die and to see this dead person is your son, hanging there, a young boy. … To hang yourself like that, you’ve got to really be tired of something.”
The result? Jaheem’s mother believes her son’s school is responsible for his suicide because of what she described as school officials’ lack of concern for her child being bullied. I’m not going to get into a rant in this post as I recently expressed my concerns and frustrations in a previous entry.
But, I will say that it continues to surprise me how school districts continue to turn a blind eye towards bullying and why parents are apathetic when it comes to teaching their offspring why it’s okay not to hate.