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Bullying leads to suicide attempt

DONALSONVILLE, GA (WALB) -

A South Georgia mother is speaking out against bullying after her 15-year-old son recently tried to commit suicide.

Jaquayvius Coleman is back at Seminole County High this week, but his mother Regina worries whether he's safe at school.

School officials insist they have a zero tolerance policy for bullying.

Regina Coleman says when her son Jaquayvius came home from school on April 26th, 2013 she knew something was wrong.

"I saw the look on his face and I asked what was wrong and I already knew something was going on with school. And he was like don't worry about it, it is only going to get worse. And I said I could go over there before everybody leaves the school and he said don't worry about it," said Regina.

Coleman says she stepped out of the house for just a few minutes and when she came back, she found her 9th grade son unconscious.

"My mom said she was trying to get him up and he was not moving. So I went in there to get him up and I did not get any response. And we put a little water on him, when she found the note and some pills," said Jaquayvius.

Coleman says her son is being verbally and physically bullied throughout the school day and at lunch. She says the school isn't doing enough to stop lunchtime bullying.

"They will let him sit in the breezeway by the snack machine to try to keep things calm off of him from being bullied. And I think that wasn't right and instead of getting the kids who were doing the bullying and having them situated," said Regina.

Seminole County Schools Superintendent Monroe Banner says he cannot comment on specific cases, but says the school system does not tolerate bullying.

"We encourage them if they would like to tell any adult in the school system, counselor, teacher, or administrator in the school system then please do so because we take bullying very seriously. In fact there can be no retaliation against any adult reporting it or any student," stated Banner.

Coleman says her son does not always like to speak up when these incidents occur.

"He is the type that would not really try to get involved back with it if other kids bother him. He will also try to keep it to himself instead of telling people at times like he should," said Regina.

Coleman says she knows teachers and administrators can't watch every student at all times, but she says more can be done.

Coleman says her son will have to repeat the 9th grade because of all of the days he missed this school year.

 

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