Family, friends of 13-year-old Sultan boy say bullying led to his suicide attempt
Hundreds of ‘get well’ wishes from kids are posted at Sultan Middle School to a boy fighting for his life at the hospital.
The family of 13-year-old Zach said it was constant bullying at the middle school that drove the teen to try to kill himself.
A fellow student and friend said she`s witnessed Zach being picked on. “Verbally harassed the most because he dyes his hair and stuff,” she said.
Some at the school said there is a culture of bullying there.
“Well, that’s a troubling thing to hear,” said Sultan School Superintendent Dan Chaplik. “And what I would say is we need to open the doors wide and take a look.”
Chaplik said he doesn`t know of a specific incident that may have led to Zach`s suicide attempt.
But he’s teaming up with the police and mayor to put together a forum on bullying.
“People`s emotions are raw,” Chaplik said. “They (parents) want to know why. Why would somebody do this? What led to this? We want to know, too, because we clearly have a role in making this a safe learning environment.”