Kameron Jacobsen, a 14-year-old freshman at Monroe-Woodbury High School in Central Valley, N.Y., died Tuesday after taking his own life. Sources report that Kameron was was tormented by Facebook bullies who taunted him because they thought he was gay.
Kameron’s death is the second teen suicide in less than 2 weeks by a Monroe-Woodbury student. On Jan. 9, 16-year-old Justin Dimino also took his life, although there have been no reports of bullying related to Justin’s death.
At the high school they both attended, students tried to make sense of the incomprehensible — that two teens with everything ahead of them seemed to find life too painful.
Principal David Bernsley said the sense of loss is excruciating and that they are doing their best to cope.
“Our hearts go out to the families,” said Principal David Bernsley. “We’re devastated as a community.”
Facebook issued this statement about the incidents, according to WNYW:
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic deaths of these students, and our hearts go out to their family and friends. These cases serve as a painful reminder of how people can help others who are either bullied or show signs of distress on Facebook. We encourage them to notify us, and we work with third party support groups including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to reach out to people who may need help.”