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Worth student's death raises bullying awareness

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A celebration of life service will be held on Wednesday for a 13 year old Worth County boy who shot himself.

At 2:44 Monday afternoon, Dustin Hammonds was taken off life support and pronounced dead.

The family is heartbroken over his death, but they are thankful that his organs will be used to help others.

A lot of the students at Worth County Schools wore blue Monday in support of Dustin Hammonds.

"We wore blue today and there were posters around the school saying stop bullying now,  it's time to stop bullying," said Worth County High student Kris Starns.

Dustin is the 13 year old boy who shot himself in the head at his home in Doles last Tuesday.
"The news spread really fast, all of my friends on Facebook, we started a page for him and we've been keeping up with him, he was on life support yesterday," said Starns.

Almost immediately after Dustin was rushed to an Atlanta hospital, word spread that he was a victim of bullying.

By Friday,Worth County schools issued a news release declaring an investigation into possible bullying.

"I've picked on people before and I didn't know it impacted people like that so I began thinking maybe I've caused that type of pain to others," said Starns.

Chris Starns says Dustin was your typical middle-schooler, trying to find his place in the world.

"He was a calm kid, he didn't get into any trouble, he was a nice kid, respectful and outgoing," said Starns.

While no one will ever know why Dustin Hammonds shot himself, the community wants to raise awareness about bullying. 

Students decided to wear blue and post posters on their own, it was not a school sanctioned event.

A candlelight vigil in Dustin's memory will be held on Tuesday night at 6:30pm at Jeffords Park in Sylvester.

His celebration of life service is Wednesday at 4 PM at Northside Baptist Church in Sylvester.


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