BY MITCH MITCHELL
Fort Worth Star-Telegram.com
CLEBURNE — The rain began falling shortly before Hunter Layland’s funeral Saturday afternoon.
A friend said it was as if the sky was crying for the troubled teen, a Cleburne High School freshman who committed suicide last week.
Hunter Layland, 15, shot himself before school Wednesday, at about 6:35 a.m. He was at home. Friends and family members say he endured constant bullying, contributing to his death.
About 350 people attended his funeral, where a photograph and football uniform were positioned next to his casket.
“I knew that people picked on him, but I never knew that it was this bad,” said Hailey Dunaway, 14. “I don’t think he knew this many people cared about him.”
Since his death, Mary Layland, the aunt who raised him, said she has learned that students picked on Hunter because he had a scar above his right eye.
Hunter was involved in a car wreck when he was a toddler, leaving him with the scar and hearing difficulties, Layland said. Even after multiple surgeries, the scar was still visible.
Those attending the funeral at the Seventh Day Adventist Church said Hunter didn’t deserve the senseless teasing just because of a scar.
“We all have scars we hide,” said Darerick Morris, a 15-year-old student and Hunter’s friend. “Hunter wasn’t afraid to show his in public. He just wanted to make other people happy.” Full story.