The family of a middle school student who took his own life after going through years of bullying had reported the bullying and abuse to school officials on several occasions, the family’s lawyer said.
The startling claims made by the attorney for Lamar Hawkins III, the boy who committed suicide, came just days after the body was discovered in a bathroom inside the school.
The suicide also came shortly after the father of the boy reported his son being abused several times to the school.
The family’s lawyer said that the bullying had been reported just the week before.
Even though the father tried to protect his son from bullying, which involved moving the whole family from NY to Florida, the bullying continued and the school did not put an end to it.
Police said the mother of the boy went to go and get her son at school around 5 on Wednesday, but she could not find him there or at their family him. She then reported him missing at around 7.
After a long search in the school and neighborhood, his body was recovered about four hours after the search started in a bathroom stall with a gunshot wound to his, said the police.
A spokesperson for the sheriff said there had not been any reports of bullying filed by the student or by the family of the young student. It was not known to the sheriff’s office whether the family had reported the bullying to the school.
A police officer said that they are looking into everything that could have contributed to this tragedy. The police was interviewing the school officials and students at the school. Because Lamar was a very small child, he was often a target of bullying.