Heartbroken Parents Blame School’s Failure to Stop Bullying After 10-Year-Old Indiana Boy Dies by Suicide

Heartbroken Parents Blame School's Failure to Stop Bullying After 10-Year-Old Indiana Boy Dies by Suicide
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A 10-year-old boy in Green­field, Indi­ana has died by sui­cide after suf­fer­ing hor­rif­ic bul­ly­ing at school, accord­ing to his griev­ing fam­i­ly. Sam­my Teusch, a fourth-grad­er at Green­field Inter­me­di­ate School, took his own life on May 5 after endur­ing per­sis­tent abuse from his classmates.

Sam­my’s par­ents, Sam and Nic­hole Teusch, say they com­plained to the school rough­ly 20 times about the bul­ly­ing their son was fac­ing, but claim no mean­ing­ful action was tak­en to address the problem. 

The bul­ly­ing alleged­ly start­ed when Sam­my was in ele­men­tary school, with class­mates mock­ing him for his glass­es and teeth before the abuse esca­lat­ed to phys­i­cal attacks on the school bus.

“He was beat up on the school bus, and the kids broke his glass­es and every­thing,” Sam­my’s father, Sam, told local news sta­tion WTHR. “I called the school, and I’m like, ‘What are you doing about this? It keeps get­ting worse, and worse, and worse.’ â€

How­ev­er, the school dis­tric­t’s super­in­ten­dent, Dr. Harold Olin, denies that any bul­ly­ing reports were ever sub­mit­ted by the Teusch fam­i­ly. Olin acknowl­edged that the school’s admin­is­tra­tion had reg­u­lar con­ver­sa­tions with the par­ents, but claimed con­fi­den­tial­i­ty rules pre­vent­ed him from pro­vid­ing fur­ther details.

Sam­my’s grand­moth­er, Cyn­thia Teusch, expressed out­rage at the school dis­tric­t’s response, accus­ing them of fail­ing to ful­fill their respon­si­bil­i­ty to pro­tect stu­dents from bul­ly­ing. “Peo­ple trust their kids to the school, but now that trust is break­ing down,” she said.

Trag­i­cal­ly, the con­stant bul­ly­ing ulti­mate­ly became too much for young Sam­my to bear. His moth­er, Nic­hole, believes her son took his own life because he was too afraid to go to school, espe­cial­ly after a spe­cif­ic inci­dent in a bath­room the week before his death.

The heart­break­ing loss of this 10-year-old boy has dev­as­tat­ed his fam­i­ly and reignit­ed calls for schools to take a stronger stance against bul­ly­ing. Sam­my’s par­ents hope that by shar­ing their sto­ry, they can pre­vent oth­er fam­i­lies from expe­ri­enc­ing a sim­i­lar­ly unimag­in­able tragedy.

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