11-year-old Jamari Dent, a student at the Carter G Woodson Middle School in Chicago is currently on life support after attempting to take his own life as a result of being bullied at school.
According to the victim’s family, the incident occurred on Monday, February 18, reports WGN. Dent’s mother, Tianna Black, ran to his room after his sister found him and called for her.
“I ran to his room and he was on his knees with
Black further disclosed her son, who has a learning disability was constantly bullied by students and surprisingly teachers at the school for over year. She accused them of calling her son “stupid, dumb and retarded,” she told WGN.
“My son told me he wished he died four months ago,” she said. “He’s tired of the teachers messing with him.”
In another interview with CBS Chicago, Black said she reported the bullying incidents, which also included physical abuse to the school board but they didn’t really do anything about it.
“I went to the board. They told me it was my son’s word against the teacher’s word, and they couldn’t do anything about it, and that’s not right. My son is fighting for his life right now as we speak,” she said.
The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) in a statement
“This is a horrible tragedy, and the thoughts and prayers of the Chicago Public Schools community are with Jamari and his loved ones. The allegations that have been made are highly concerning, and the district is conducting a full investigation.”
A GoFundMe has been set up to raise funds for Dent’s medical expenses with the target of $5000 being exceeded as of Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Black has confirmed she will be moving her children to a different school after meeting with the school board.