10-year-old boy dies by suicide after bullies tell him ‘kill yourself’
Heartbreaking news has emerged from Texas, as a 10-year-old boy completed suicide after being relentlessly bullied by his classmates, who even told the young boy to "kill yourself".
Fifth-grader Kevin Reese Jr., who attended Robinson Elementary School, hanged himself in a closet of his Houston-area home on the 21st January this year.
His grieving mother, Crystal Smith, spoke about the terrible incident and said that her boy was a "goofy child," but often struggled when it came to bullying at school - a cross lots of children have to bear.
"They wrote on his tablet to ‘Kill yourself, you don’t belong here,'" Smith said. "When it got physical back in November, he came home crying because he didn’t fight back and one of the boys punched him several times coming from recess."
Smith also revealed that she has spoken to school officials about the campaign of bullying, who responded by saying there was no evidence of a "physical fight," the local ABC affiliate reported.
"They told me they never found any bullying going on," she said.
Despite the attempted intervention however, the bullying continued. Then sadly, two months later, the worst happened - Kevin waited until his mom was out of town for work and took his own life.
"He just had enough," Smith told the station. "He just had enough and he felt that he was backed into a corner."
Crystal is now trying to raise awareness about preventing child suicide.
"Pay attention to your child, don’t assume that things are handled at the school, stay on top of it until you see something come out on the end."