R.I.P: Another Boy Kills Self Because of Bullying

- By Bossip Staff Categories: News, R.I.P.

Posted by Bossip Staff


Another young man, Jaheem Herrera, has committed suicide because of relentless bullying and teasing at school:

A crowd of about 60 gathered Tuesday night at the DeKalb home of Jaheem Herrera to remember the fifth-grader who committed suicide last week. The 11-year-old boy hanged himself at his home after — according to his family — relentless bullying at Dunaire Elementary School. Masika Bermudez, the boy’s mother, spoke briefly at the vigil that started about 7 p.m. After a short prayer, Bermudez told friends and parents to make sure their children understand that whatever problems they have “don’t be afraid to talk to your mother.”

As Bermudez spoke, she clung to two daughters — Ny’irah, 7 and Yerralis, 10. Yerralis discovered her brother’s body last Thursday after school. “His sister was screaming, ‘Get him down, get him down,’” said Norman Keene, Jaheem’s stepfather. When Keene got to the room, he saw Yerralis holding her brother, trying to remove the pressure of the noose her brother had fashioned with a fabric belt. “It’s heartbreaking,” said Jennifer Errion, assistant director of student support services, prevention-intervention for DeKalb schools. DeKalb County schools have programs in place to combat the types of bullying and violence that may have led to Jaheem’s death, but a Errion acknowledged the prevention program is “not a vaccine.” Two years ago, DeKalb public schools adopted an anti-bullying program called “No Place for Hate,” she said. The program, sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League, helps train faculty and students on accepting differences, promoting diversity and inclusion.

“We’ve created the idea that bullying is a rite of passage, and I don’t think it is,” said Errion. At the vigil, the mother of Jaheem’s best friend relayed a story from Jaheem’s last day. “Jaheem asked if anyone would miss him if he wasn’t here,” said Alice Brown, mother of Jaheem’s 10-year-old classmate A.J. “[A.J.] told him ‘He was his friend and he would miss him.’ “ Keene said the family knew the boy was a target of bullies, but until his death they didn’t understand the scope. “They called him gay and a snitch,” his stepfather said. “All the time they’d call him this.” Earlier this month the suicide of a Massachusetts boy, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover — who suffered taunts that he was gay — attracted national attention. He was also 11. His mother found him hanging from an extension cord in the family’s home. Bermudez also said her son was being bullied at school. She said she had complained to the school.

School officials won’t discuss allegations that bullying may have contributed to the boy’s suicide. Davis said Tuesday morning that officials are legally unable to comment on student-related records, such as whether the school had received complaints that Jaheem was being bullied.The family has hired an attorney.

This must stop. What ever happened to a fist fight, a suspension, and parents handling the rest? Some kids take it too far, but this kind of torture and harassment is in intolerable. SMH

R.I.P. Jaheem.



  • Hannibal


    this is really sad….

  • Southern L.A. Gal

    This is the sign of the times. The water supply low and the running game on us, left and right. Sad. May God bless.

  • Southern L.A. Gal

    I mean the system running game on us….. I am tired of the fine print and all the maddness that lead us to rob ourselves and others.. I am about to go into combat.. LOL!!! G.I Jane to save my people.

  • K.C.

    PLEASE talk to ur kids about this!

  • H2O ***THE WATER BOY***


  • Aunt Viv

    This absolutely has to stop. Rest in Peace, sweet prince.

  • charlieblanko

    @Shay, AMEN!

  • Em


  • Nique

    I believe that several factors may have led to this child committing suicide. Bullying may have been a factor but I would like to know about his home life as well. If this child was in fact bullied at school, I dont think THAT alone would make him do something like that-What were his family like at home? Financially? The step-father? There is more to this story…

  • bermy's angel

    mercy may the lord be with his family in their time of need…. This has to stop… It is stories like this that make me fear for my son… I hug and kiss him everyday making sure that he knows and understands that I LOVE him even if he feels that no one else does…. we have to take our kids back and let them know everyday as many times as we can their self worth….

  • Certain

    This saddens me. Kids shouldn’t be hanging themselves. The problem that I have is that I don’t think bullying is the sole problem. There are a vast number of kids that get bullied but don’t hang themselves. Before we conclude beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was because of bullying, I would like to be sure that these particular kids didn’t have something else wrong with them as far as their mental make up is concerned. By no means do I support bullying. I don’t want it to sound that way. Nor is this the kids’ fault. I just want to make sure that these kids were not at higher risk of doing this for some reason or another.

    My fear is that any kid who “picks” on another kid will all of a sudden be made into a criminal. This would be bad if these particular kids who we’ve heard about in the past couple of weeks already had a predisposition to that type of behavior.

  • http://www.myspace.com/tiagurl04 tia

    i dont know why everybody is acting all sad and appauled at bullys hell blogs are bullys…pretty much all of them and the people that comment also…its nothing different then how we judge people every day…..this is crazy….i blame parents for not teaching their kids how to treat people….ad peer pressure only makes it worse

  • sasha

    It is so sad to read this and yes people need to talk to their kids. I was teased as a child due to being blind in one of my eyes. I use to go into the bathroom and they would have signs up like dead eye, crooked eye, it made me feel so bad and I didnt want to go to school. Teachers even treated me different, I am now a grown woman with 4 beautiful children was married. I had to discover I am beautiful and God made me like he did for a reason. This just breaks my heart, maybe I need to go around to schools and talk to children about loving yourself even when you are different!!

  • Lady Architect

    RIP young man first of all…

    Secondly bullies are not new to society and is equally a problem as it was wen I was younger. Problem is parents are not moving forward like they should…Teachers and schools are being trained but in the end it’s all about what the parents do…You can’t suspend a kid for bullying because honestly there’s no proof unless a child gets beaten up…Stop putting everything on the school officials shoulders. Step in and go talk to the parent of the bullying child. Have lunch or whatever and let them know how this is hurting your child. Also pay more attention to your children. Don’t just brush it off and say oh he’s being bullied a lil…

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