Family, school in high-profile bullying/suicide case meet

By Steve Dixon
My Fox5
ATLANTA — For the first time, the family of DeKalb boy who hanged himself after complaints of bullying sat down with the DeKalb County superintendent.

Authorities said a family member discovered Jaheem Herrera’s body in his Atlanta-area home after he hanged himself on April 16.

Masika Bermudez insists her son was bullied at Dunaire Elementary in Stone Mountain and that administrators did nothing even after she visited several times.

An independant investigation ordered by DeKalb County school officials said the Atlanta area 5th grader was not bullied before he committed suicide in April.

“I see no evidence of any verbal or written report of bullying against Jaheem, by anyone,” said retired Fulton County Judge Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore, who was retained by Dekalb County School System officials to review circumstances preceding the boy’s death.

The family has put the school system on notice it intends to make a legal claim in the case. Full story.


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