8:55 am May 8, 2009, by Laura Diamond
Four teachers say they saw no evidence that Jaheem Herrera was bullied, even though family members say the 11-year-old committed suicide last month because of relentless abuse at the elementary school.
The teachers each wrote memos saying the never witnesses any bullying. One teacher even described the boy was well liked and popular.
But an intervention statement from the school’s culture chair says the boy was victimized during an incident in a school bathroom.
Jaheem’s death has gained national attention as family members accuse the school of failing to protect the boy.
DeKalb school officials and the county’s district attorney are looking into the situation.
The letters from teachers raise more questions about this sad case. Was Jaheem bullied or not? Were teachers oblivious to what was going on?
Even if we get answers, will anything change in our schools?
NOTE: Staff writer Nancy Badertscher is writing a story on teachers and paraprofessionals who are losing their jobs because of budget cuts. If you fit in that category, please contact her at email@example.com. Thank you for your help.
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