Austin McEntyre reportedly told his mom, Lisa, two days before the tragedy that he felt he did not have many friends
Trigger Warning: This article contains themes of suicide and self-harm that some readers may find distressing.
A Georgia boy died by suicide after being bullied by his schoolmates on Sunday, November 6, after being depantsed by bullies at school. The Heard County Sheriff’s Office reportedly said that an investigation had been launched into the claims of bullying leading up to the teenager's death. According to 11Alive, 15-year-old high school freshman Austin McEntyre told his mother, Lisa, on November 4 that he was sick and wanted to stay home from school. When she pushed him to take a COVID swab, Austin reportedly admitted that he wasn’t sick but instead, didn’t want to face bullies at school. “I specifically said, ‘Will you please be honest with me?’ And he said, ‘I’m being bullied at school.’ I said, ‘Ok, what exactly have they been doing?’ ‘Well Wednesday, they did what’s called pantsed me.’ Well, this particular time they pantsed him with his shorts and underwear,” Lisa explained.
Lisa contacted the school principal and made her aware of the incident and asked her to look into the matter while protecting the child. The next day, things seemed normal and the mother-son duo enjoyed a pleasant afternoon while roaming around their property. Lisa said the two even had a bittersweet conversation, where McEntyre told her that at one point that he didn’t feel he had many friends. Lisa then asked him if he would ever end his life and she reportedly said that his response as a resolute “No.” The pair then enjoyed their Saturday night, November 5, together and Lisa went to bed while McEntyre stayed up late.
The next day, Lisa received Lisa had two calls from the Heard County Sheriff’s Office that she missed while at work. She returned home to find deputies surrounding her home. “I said, ‘He’s gone isn’t he?’ And he [a deputy] shook his head ‘yes’… I just completely lost it,” Lisa told the outlet. According to the Heard County Sheriff’s Office, Austen passed away from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. “We are investigating a self-inflicted gunshot wound from a student at Heard County High School. We are looking for reasons behind the incident,” Heard County SO said.
Lisa said she had since learned the extent of what McEntyre was going through and hiding from her and everyone this whole time. She was now hoping to help others who may be going through what her son endured. “We want to honor him, and make a statement that this bullying can’t continue,” she explained. “I want kids to be kind and compassionate and inclusive of everybody. They don’t need to isolate kids and make them feel like they’re not worth something, People are wanting and willing to listen and help. Don’t ever feel like you’re ever carrying this whole world on your shoulders alone. You’re not,” she added. McEntyre is survived by his mother and two younger sisters.
VIGIL FOR AUSTIN MCENTYRE | Austin was just 15. He took his own life on 11/6. The Heard Co Sheriff’s Office & school district are investigating alleged bullying including an incident 4 days before Austin’s death. His mom’s heartbreaking message tonight on @11AliveNews 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/tKIFjzpBLh— Cody Alcorn (@CodyAlcorn) November 14, 2022
Responding to the tragic death of the young boy, Heard County School Superintendent said, “The school system is heartbroken over the loss of one of our high school students, Austin McEntyre. There is an ongoing investigation into the claims of bullying as well as other events which have been brought to light by law enforcement. The school system has a policy in place, as required by law, which prohibits bullying. Students have many resources in which they can reach out for help if they are experiencing bullying or witness bullying.”
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