14-year-old L.J. Morley from Wahoo, Nebraska has been a victim of physical bullying and cyberbullying at his high school for years. The young boy was being punched, kicked, thrown into lockers, and bullied on social media by multiple students from school.
L.J. also even received death threats. In an interview with 6 News, some of the text messages sent to the high school-aged child were shown to the public, using the hashtag “LJ R.I.P.” A photo of L.J. bleeding from the side of his head, because of the bullies, was also displayed.
L.J. spoke out, “It was hurting me a lot and I just couldn’t deal with it anymore.”
The bullying became so severe that the 14-year-old contemplated suicide, stated the local news source. Thankfully, he talked with his mother about the way he was feeling before taking drastic measures.
Despite all of this going on, the district reportedly informed L.J.’s mother about only one 2-day suspension of another student. Her family felt “neglected” by the school system.
The school did respond with the following statement:
“We take allegations of bullying behavior seriously at Wahoo Public Schools. There are educational programs in place to limit and policies in place to deter any of these types of behaviors. When instances are reported, the administration is responsible for investigating and taking appropriate action. We are unable to discuss any specific information regarding individual students.”
This is a huge, ongoing issue. Recently, an 11-year-old girl committed suicide after facing months of being bullied. Her family also complained about being failed by the school system, who took little action against the bullies, which ultimately cost their precious daughter’s life.
After the school system failed to take action, L.J.’s mother took the matter into her own hands. In response to the death threats against her child, she pressed charges against several teenagers, who will go unnamed.
Now, L.J. appears to be much stronger. During his interview, he gave advice to other victims of bullying, “You are not alone. Try to fight through it. You can always make it.”
Please keep this family in your prayers as they continue to deal with the aftermath of this situation. In other recent news, Franklin Graham gave a health update on his father, famous Christian evangelist Billy Graham.