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Indiana boy, 10, dies by suicide after school bullying, parents say

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This story discusses suicide. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by calling 988.

A 10-year-old Indiana boy died by suicide after being severely bullied at school, his family told local news outlets.

Sammy Toish, a fourth-grader, died on May 5 after being physically and mentally bullied at Greenfield Intermediate School in Greenfield, Indiana. FOX59 first reported.

“How could God take my child away from here? Of course that’s what went through my mind. God didn’t take my child away. Hatred did it.” Sammy’s father, Sam Toish, told the magazine.

FOX 59 reports that Sammy recently experienced bullying on the school bus and was cornered in the school bathroom last week.

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Sammy Toish died by suicide on May 5th at just 10 years old. (GoFundMe)

“I hope he is never forgotten,” Sam Toish told the outlet.

A GoFundMe post written by Sammy’s family describes the 10-year-old as “a great kid with a great personality.”

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“He was smart, funny, charming, and deeply empathetic. He brightened the lives of everyone he met and was the life of the ‘party,'” the GoFundMe description reads. ing. “I know that my baby brother did not deserve to be treated this way. A child who had so much love and so much light was gone far too soon. This is… None of this means anything, and I don’t think it ever will, but what I do know is that he deserves an award like this.” That’s why I and my family are asking for help. I am. ”

“A child with so much love and so much light is gone far too soon.”

— Toish Family, GoFundMe

It is unclear exactly how Sammy died. Greenfield Central Community School Corporation, along with Greenfield Police, are investigating Sammy’s death.

The school district told FOX 59: “The death of Samuel Teusch is tragic and leaves our school corporation and greater community deeply saddened. Our hearts go out to the family at this time. ” said in a statement. For the past year and a half, he has graduated from his third grade at Weston Elementary School in May 2023 and is currently in his fourth grade at Greenfield Middle School from 2023 until his 2024 academic year. did. ”

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Sammy Toish

Sammy Toish’s family said he was severely bullied at school in Greenfield, Indiana. (GoFundMe)

The school district said it learned of Sammy’s death on Sunday, May 5, and sent crisis response teams to Greenfield Intermediate School and Greenfield Central Middle School, where Sammy’s siblings attend, earlier in the week.

According to FOX 59, the school district continued, “We have received an outpouring of support from our fellow Hancock County Schools colleagues and our faith community, and we are fortunate to have our students and families pitch in as well.” This week he added mental health professionals to two of our schools and reminded all GC families that we have mental health professionals in all eight of our schools to support our students through this crisis. Ta. ”

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The school district said Greenfield Central staff “has worked significantly with the Toish family over the past 18 months.”

Greenfield Central Secondary School

Greenfield Central Community School Corporation, along with the Greenfield Police Department, are investigating the death of 10-year-old Sammy Toish. (Google Maps)

The school district said, “There was frequent contact between school officials and parents.” “The parents have reported the cause of death as suicide, and we are investigating the parents’ claims related to bullying. Beyond our own investigation, we are cooperating with the Greenfield Police Department in this matter. Masu.”

Greenfield Police Chief Brian Hartman issued a press release on May 10, warning of “rumors” circulating in the community that “some people name their children after others.”

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“We want to assure our community that we are continuing to investigate this death in the same way we investigate all deaths. “This is how we sort truth from rumor,” Hartman said, adding that because children are involved in the case, many details cannot be released. .

”[N]It’s time for a conversation,” Hartman continued. “If your child is being bullied, talk about it. Give your child the confidence to tell a teacher, school counselor, principal, parent, or other trusted adult. If the bullying continues. If you don’t get reassurance from that person, tell someone else, but make sure they are speaking for themselves. If that doesn’t work, please call the police department and we will help you resolve the issue as best we can.”

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