Reposted from a story By: Richard Webster
Devin Brown ‘hanged himself in his closet after bullies called him a snitch’
\Devin Brown, 13, had only attended Rothschild Middle School in Columbus, Ga. for six months and was the new kid in the eighth grade after moving into the area to live with his dad, Ray Brown. Soon after starting school, the bullies started in on Devin, beating him up and smearing him with food, WLTZ reported on Apr. 5.
Devin’s father said:
“”He came home one time and had some peanut butter pies he had made for school. When he walked through the door he had some pie left and he had it all over him.
Someone had jumped on him and smeared it all over him. But he never wanted to talk about that. We talked to the school, they said we haven’t heard anything about it and just let it go.”
Believe it or not, after that, things got worse for the eighth grader.
Devin overheard a young girl at his school threatening to stab a teacher with a butcher knife. Devin informed one of the school’s teachers about the threat, after which the girl was arrested.
“”He said everyone is calling me a snitch and he said there’s about 15-20 people who want to jump on me,” Brown says.
That night, Devin’s sister, Cara Downs, discovered her brother hanging in his bedroom closet with a belt around his neck.
At his funeral on Wednesday, Devin’s friends placed notes inside a box carved with the word “hero,” thanking Devin for potentially saving the life of a teacher.
Devin’s father, Ray Brown, is now on a very personal mission to make the bullying stop.
“”I am going to do whatever I can in his name to stop it. There is no reason a kid should be scared to go to school,” he says.
Devin’s family has established a memorial fund in Devin’s name with the purpose of starting an anti-bully foundation.
There is a message to the parents on Rothschild Middle School’s website that reads:
“Students can call the Student Hotline at 706-748-2267 to anonymously report activities in violation of MCSD rules, including bullying, gang activities, and possession of weapons, drugs, or alcohol