Collinsville dad makes plea to end bullying after son’s suicide
COLLINSVILLE, IL (KTVI)– Two weeks ago Thursday, a 15-year-old boy from southern Illinois killed himself with a shotgun blast through his heart.
His name was Jordan Lewis.
Lewis` father Brad, lives in Collinsville, and in an online video posted on the father`s Facebook page, and reposted on You Tube, he blamed his son`s suicide on bullying.
“Today my son took his life with a shotgun shot to his chest,” Lewis` video starts.
He recorded it only hours after his son killed himself in Cambria, Illinois, about 100 miles south of St. Louis, where the boy lived with Brad Lewis` ex-wife.
The video has gone viral and has been the subject of news reports across the U.S. and even in Europe.
In the video, Lewis claims his son was bullied at Carterville High School, though it is still unclear why Jordan Lewis would have been the object of ridicule and physical abuse, or whether the school knew about it. His father says he learned about the bullying only a few weeks before Jordan’s death.
Now, fourteen days later, the video is also bringing postings from people claiming to be students or former students who had seen Jordan bullied, or had been bullied themselves in the same school.
Lewis says he is haunted by the fact that Jordan’s suicide came just one day after Carterville students were shown an anti-bullying presentation that included pictures of children who died, presumably by suicide, as the result of bullying.
“Yes, it would give the idea to some kids that alright, these are real kids but with other kids who are in a dark place, they are going to say that`s me, I am in that position and I don`t have no other way to go,” Lewis said.
Carterville Schools are not commenting on the story, saying they intend to distribute a lengthy press release next week explaining their version of the events leading up to Jordan`s suicide.
In the meantime, Lewis has started another Facebook page dedicated to anti-bullying information.
“I am not going to be able to see him get married, have kids, maybe even do something important in life,’ Lewis said. ‘I guess he wanted to voice his opinion about what was going on and maybe (he thought) this was his only way to do it.”
“I am going to make sure his voice is heard.”
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