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12 Year-old Boy Bullied for Being Cheerleader Tragically Takes His Own Life

December 7, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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A tragic story of bullying has resulted in a 12-year-old boy taking his own life. This after classmates bullied him for being the only male on the cheerleader team, according to friends.

Ronin Shimizu, a student at Folsom Middle School in Folsom, California, committed suicide Wednesday afternoon, police will not reveal further details about his death.

The school district has verified the complaints that the boy’s parents made on multiple occasions regarding the bullying, school officials said that they followed protocol.

However, his friends say that the bullying continued, which led him to leave Folsom Middle School and be home schooled.

Friends and family gathered for a candle light vigil on Thursday night, outside the Shimizu home.

‘I heard that people called him gay because he was a cheerleader,’ one of his teammates told CBS Sacramento at the vigil.

Ronin was the only male cheerleader with the Vista Jr Eagles Cheer Team.

Officials from the Folsom Cordova School District say they have a comprehensive anti-bullying campaign.

‘I heard that somebody called the bullies and told them that he passed away and they were like shocked,’ another child, Riley Coleman, said. They ‘learned their lesson on how words can hurt.’

District school official Daniel Thigpen, said they were looking into the complaints made by the boy’s family.

‘Any allegations bullying related to this specific incident, we’re certainly reviewing how we responded to those and we’ll use that as an opportunity to always take a look at how we respond to future allegations,’ he said.

Grief counselors are at the school to help students and staff.

The Vista Jr. Eagles, the team Ronin had cheered for, also released a statement as they shared photos of the young, grinning boy in his cheer uniform.

image courtesy of mirror.co.uk

image courtesy of mirror.co.uk

‘Tragically, we lost one of our own yesterday, Ronin Shimizu,’ it read. ‘Please support his family through this extremely difficult time… Please keep all of them in your thoughts and prayers.

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