A heart-shattering story emerged out of Houston, Texas earlier this week. According to the New York Post, a 10-year-old boy named Kevin Reese Jr. tragically took his own life after being severely bullied by some of his classmates.
Kevin dealt with teasing and physical harm for several months. One day he discovered a horrid message on his tablet that told him to “kill yourself.” He committed suicide by hanging himself in a closet two months later in January of 2019.
“They wrote on his tablet to ‘Kill yourself, you don’t belong here,'” the young boy’s mother, Crystal 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.”
“He just had enough,” Smith added. “He just had enough and he felt that he was backed into a corner.”
Kevin’s mom tried communicating with the school about the issues with her son. However, school officials claimed there was no “evidence” of a physical fight or bullying, so very little was done to help their family.
Following the sudden death of her beloved son, she has become a dedicated advocate against bullying. Kevin’s tragic story shines a light on a clearly unresolved and ongoing issue: schools are not doing enough to prevent bullying.
“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,” Smith stated.
In 2017, another 10-year-old child, Ashawnty Davis, hung herself in a closet after being bullied. Ashawnty’s mother also spoke out against bullying and encouraged schools to do more for families in this type of situation, reported the New York Post.
Please keep this family in your prayers! May God bring them peace and comfort during this difficult time.
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