by Michaela Kwoka-Coleman
Earlier this week tragedy struck Folsom when 12 year old Ronin Shimizu committed suicide. Sources have reported that Ronin had been repeatedly bullied by his classmates for being the only male cheerleader on the Vista Jr. Eagles cheer squad. His parents repeatedly went to school officials with complaints of their son's suffering, and school officials say they followed “protocol” regarding disciplinary actions. However, his situation must have not improved, as Ronin had recently been pulled from Folsom Middle School and entered homeschooling; however, friends say that the bullying followed him
Ronin was found dead late Wednesday, shocking his family, friends, and cheer team. Those who were close to him said that he was a very happy, involved and active child. Hunter Reed, a fellow drama club member, reports “He was always so passionate like he didn't care what a lot of people said. He just kept going on with life”.
Thursday evening a candlelight vigil was held in Ronin's home, attended by family and friends. Grief counselors have been at Folsom Middle School this past week to help those who were close to him and those we used to bully him during this difficult time.
The Folsom Cordova School District has issued a statement saying that they will use this as an “opportunity to always take a look at we respond to future allegations”. It's sad that it take the death of a 12 year old boy to spur this kind of talk in our community, but hopefully people will finally understand that their words truly do resonate with others.
Ronin is succeeded by his parents and younger brother.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255. They answer calls 24 hours a day.
Please remember to be kind.
Original story via Daily Mail UK
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