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7-Year-Old’s Suicide is a Result of Bullying: Shocks Detroit Community

The boy's 14-year-old sister found him in their Detroit home. He is said to have been upset over teasing and his parents' breakup. / SUSAN TUSA/DETROIT FREE PRESS

Where were the adults!

freep.com reports:

Peering through the keyhole of a locked door in her family’s home near Detroit’s New Center, a 14-year-old girl saw the unthinkable: her 7-year-old brother hanging from a bunk bed with a belt around his neck, a police report says.

The girl alerted her mother and called 911. The mother and a neighbor forced their way into the room, took the boy down, and called 911, too.

The 7-year-old, whom the Free Press is not naming, had been depressed about being bullied by other kids at school and in his neighborhood, and about his parents’ recent separation, the boy’s mother told police, according to the report.

“It’s just a tragedy on so many levels,” Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. said Thursday, calling the situation “unfathomable.” MORE

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