by Megan Nichols
Anniston school officials on Friday continued investigating what may have led to a middle school student’s suicide, but offered few specifics on a case that’s shocked, saddened and angered the community.
“We’re still in the information-collection stage, and we’re also trying to support these kids and these faculty members who are grieving,” said Anniston Schools Superintendent Joan Frazier. “The investigation isn’t going to be a three-hour thing — it could take days or weeks.”
Sixth-grader Tre’Juan Figures, who everyone called Trey, took his own life Tuesday night in his west Anniston home.
Several of Trey’s family members say the 12-year-old had faced bullies at Anniston Middle School for more than a year. They say that’s why he committed suicide.
Trey’s father, Johnny Figures, said kids at school and in their neighborhood had been trying to force Trey to join a gang.
Figures said they’d hit him, taken his money and threatened him.
“He fought joining that gang every day,” Figures said. Full story.