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Possibly Bullied Texas 8th Grader Passes Away From Suicide

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Parents are receiving heartbreaking news from The Comal Independent School District, informing them of a student who committed suicide, possibly due to being bullied. The student was Isabella Scott, a 12-year-old who attended Church Hill Middle School in New Braunfels.

Police came to Scott’s home on Tuesday around 8:15 p.m. after receiving a call about a possible suicide. Details on her manner of death have not been released at this time by The New Braunfels Police Department who are waiting for autopsy results before discussing the matter.

The following morning, Scott’s classmates received the news of her passing. Fellow 8th grader, Elaine Miner, told News4SA, “The teacher came in crying, so I knew something was wrong. And then a lot of people, they just walked out of class crying during some periods.” The school has provided grief counselors for those who need to talk.

Even though a Comal ISD spokesperson said they didn’t have any record of bullying concerning Scott, her family says they believe bullying was involved in her fatal decision.

News of young people who have felt that suicide is their only solution has become all too common. In a report on bullying, the CDC says, “ANY involvement with bullying behavior is one stressor which may significantly contribute to feelings of helplessness and hopelessness that raise the risk of suicide.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the solution begins with actively learning and paying attention. They wrote, “Knowledge is really most helpful if it informs action toward a positive change—in this case, prevention of bullying and suicide-related behavior.”