Protest: Dekalb Schools bullying report on Herrera suicide

By Jonathan Shapiro
Public Broadcasting Atlanta
ATLANTA, GA (WABE) — State Senator Vincent Fort of Atlanta and a handful of other community activists strongly dispute Dekalb County’s recently released report on the death of Jaheem Herrera.

FORT: We object to them releasing a smear report on Jaheem trying to divert responsibility.
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DeKalb Schools: Bullying didn’t prompt Herrera suicide

Southern Voice
The DeKalb County School System has released a written report detailing the system’s findings on the suicide of Jaheem Herrera, an 11-year-old fifth grade student who hanged himself April 16.

The 300-plus page report was submitted to the school system by retired Fulton County Superior Court Judge Thelma Moore on Aug. 14 and released to the public by the school system on Aug. 26. Moore was hired by the system to investigate Herrera’s death after his mother alleged her son’s suicide stemmed from constant bullying, including being called gay, at his school, Dunaire Elementary.
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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.

Georgia bullied suicide victim’s family blames school

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (MyFOX Atlanta) — A DeKalb County mother discovers her fifth grade son dead. He used a belt to hang himself from a bedroom closet. The family said the boy was bullied by classmates.

The family of 11-year-old Jaheem Herrera is highly critical of Dunaire Elementary school officials. They said they repeatedly complained about harassment, but nothing was done. Jaheem had been able to express his creative side through his drawings, but apparently could not express how much pain he was in to his mother.
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