Colorado high school freshman – Jack Padilla is alleged to have killed himself after being bullied by fellow students who encouraged him to buy a gun to take his own life with.
Jeanine Padilla told the Denver Post that her 15-year-old son, Jack, was regularly tormented by at least five students at Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, where cops are now investigating the teen’s death.
‘It’s just devastating to know he was probably so scared,’ Padilla told media outlet. ‘But still trying to stand up for himself.’
Jack Padilla died on Feb. 14, but relatives didn’t find out about the alleged bullying until after his death, according to his mother. She’s now calling on district officials to ‘expel the bullies’ who contributed to her son’s suffering.
Crystal Dean, a spokeswoman for Greenwood Village police, confirmed that an investigation has been launched following Padilla’s death, but did not provide additional details. A spokeswoman for the Cherry Creek School District said that investigators are reviewing ‘any allegations of bullying’ in connection to the teen.
One of the teens who allegedly bullied Jack sent him a message on Snapchat suggesting that he buy something to kill himself, Padilla told the newspaper.
‘We don’t want this to happen to anybody else’s children,’ she said. ‘It’s terrible.’
Jack Padilla suicide: Tormentors planned to bring gun to school to shoot teen if he refused to kill himself.
But things took a sinister turn when Jeanine Padilla claimed her son’s tormentors allegedly telling him that they planned to bring a gun to school to shoot him if he didn’t take his own life.
It remained unclear whether Jack reached out to school authorities or communicated to his family the increasing threats. Also unclear was the nature of Jack Padilla’s suicide death.
In the aftermath of Jack’s death, students filed an incident report with school officials on the alleged bullying- which involved instances of the teen being screamed at, sat on and generally terrorized. Unclear was whether school authorities had at any point been aware of Jack’s bullying and what remedies, if any, were taken?
Padilla says she wants Jack’s high school to implement a new policy on bullying.
‘The school is missing an opportunity to teach them not to be bullies,’ she said.
An online fundraiser set up to prevent teen suicide in Jack Padilla’s memory has raised more than $39,100 as of Wednesday noon, EST. Funds will go toward a nonprofit group in his name to be operated by his brother and parents.
‘Jack was [an] enthusiastic lacrosse goalie of over ten years,’ the GoFundme page reads. ‘If you know anything about lacrosse, it’s that being a goalie takes an unbelievable amount of strength. Jack’s altruism, empathy, and strength were evident in everything he did.’