As Masika Bermudez prepares to take her son to the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he is to be buried, she is looking for answers to exactly what made her 11-year-old son hang himself in their Atlanta-area apartment last week.
Among those questions, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, is whether incessant bullying by his classmates triggered Jaheem Herrera’s desperate response.
Did a boy’s charge that Jaheem was gay push him over the edge? Bermudez, who believes the bullying was more than her son could bear, has hired an attorney to help get to the bottom of the tragedy.
DeKalb District Attorney Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming also wants to know what happed at Dunaire Elementary School in Stone Mountain, Ga., that prompted Jaheem to slip a cloth belt around his neck and end his life.
DeKalb County school officials would not discuss individual students’ records with the Journal-Constitution, but the paper reports that a spokeswoman for the school system said the district is reviewing how schools deal with bullying and how staff is trained to handle it.