Dekalb County District Attorney to open investigation into child’s school related suicide

A fifth grader at Dunaire Elementary School in DeKalb County committed suicide last Thursday. Family members say it was because he was being bullied at school, and the DeKalb District Attorney’s Office has stated that it will look into the matter.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution has the story.

The 11 year old, Jaheem Herrera, apparently hung himself in his families home. His mother claims that she had complained to school officials about her son being bullied and taunted on previous occasions.

District Attorney Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming will speak with Jaheem’s parents and school officials before deciding if any criminal charges should be brought. If charges are brought, it would be the first case of its kind while Fleming has been the DA.

Charging school officials will be difficult considering the facts of this case, but there are several theories of possibile criminal and/or civil liability that could be explored.

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