Source: The Detroit News
Posted By: Tyler B. (YDS Host)
As you first saw, The Young Detroit Show brought you the news of the Detroit Police investigating the apparent suicide of a 7-year-old boy, Who was believed to be bullied at the Detroit elementary school that he attended. To see our first report on this tragic incident please click here. Here is an update to the first post on this story from earlier today.
The Detroit News is reporting school officials have been holding meetings with worried parents whose children attend the grade school where the 7-year-old boy reportedly committed suicide at his west side home Wednesday.
The youngster, whose name is being withheld by The News, attended University Academy Preparatory elementary school on Cass and Amsterdam near the campus of Wayne State University.
The mother of the boy told police the child hanged himself in his bedroom of the family’s home, in the 700 block of Pingree Street, from a bunk bed using a belt. She said her son was depressed over being separated from his dad and that the boy was bullied at school because he was being raised in a house full of women. The mom, who has four daughters, told police she sought counseling for her child from her pastor.
Parents picking up their children Friday said UPA officials sent home a letter with students on Thursday addressing the tragedy and also denying reports that the child was bullied by classmates.
On Friday, Geneva J. Williams, the interim CEO of University Preparatory Academy/University Preparatory Science & Math School Districts, released this statement: “All of us are heartbroken and shocked by the death of this young student …. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”
Williams also said the charter school district has “a zero tolerance policy regarding bullying.”
“Our school policy conforms to State of Michigan anti-bully laws,” said Williams in the statement. “We continue to cooperate thoroughly with the Detroit Police Department as they investigate this tragedy.”
Parents picking up their children Friday said they did not believe the allegations that the child was a victim of bullying at the school because the school’s staff is very attentive and supportive of an atmosphere that would not tolerate bullying by other students or staff.
Dajuan Hayes, whose 5-year-old daughter attends the school, said his child has not had any problems or mentioned any problems.
“When she comes home, she doesn’t have any complaints,” said Hayes whose daughter, Nila, shares a class with the 7-year-old boy’s sister.
Like many parents with children at the school, Hayes said the school is an ideal one with a great staff concerned with giving students a great environment, such as smaller classrooms and very attentive teachers.
Attorney Todd Inniss, whose two sons attend the UPA elementary school, said “overall the atmosphere is very good,” at the school.
Inniss added while he cannot say whether the little boy was the victim of bullying, “this is not the kind of place where kids are bullied.”
The autopsy of youngster was completed Thursday, but the results are pending and the official cause of the death is not expected to be released until next week or possibly longer, said an official in the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office Friday.
Detroit Police Officials said the case is still being thoroughly investigated, although it has been reported to police as a suicide.
The Young Detroit Show will continue to bring you updates as more news and information on this story becomes available. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the little boys family and to everybody who knew him.