Monday, March 29, 2010

Boy's act of despair shocks school

Mother blames bullies after 8-year-old allegedly jumps off balcony in suicide try
Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle
March 27, 2010, 7:43AM

Houston's Blackshear Elementary School is tackling the difficult subjects of bullying and suicide with its student body after an 8-year-old boy repeatedly harassed by classmates allegedly jumped from a 2 ½-story campus balcony on Wednesday.

After being told to leave his classroom by a substitute teacher when two other boys pulled down his pants in front of the class, the second-grader leaped from the school's balcony in view of two other teachers and five students, community activist Quanell X said. Though some bushes broke his fall, preventing serious injury, the boy told school staff he was “tired” because the same students had bullied him for months and his teacher would not stop it, Quanell X said. The HISD Crisis Intervention Team was summoned to help the boy, who has dyslexia...

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