Father Mourns the Loss of 10-Year-Old Son Who Took His Own Life after Being Bullied in Peekskill, New York

2023-06-02 11:41:00

A Peekskill, New York father mourns the death of his 10-year-old boy who took his own life after allegedly being bullied for several months.

Christian Illescas, Gianlukas’s father, accused Hillcrest Elementary school authorities of not addressing the case of bullying against the minor.

The devastated father of the family pointed out that The minor received all kinds of insults when he went to the school campus.

“That he is a strange child, that he is fat, that he is ugly, that he is creepy, that his shoes were like homeless, he came crying. After that he didn’t want to go to school anymore, ”he said.

He added that He tried to denounce the bullying suffered by little Gianlukas, but he was not listened to.

“They took my son’s computer for 2 months, they took away his musical instrument and did nothing, when there was bullying they suspended him,” he said.

“The first thing I go to is school, but no one attended to me, they told me they were going to call me, but no one called me,” he added.

The harassment continued for at least six months, until the fatal outcome.

On Thursday, May 25, the minor took advantage of the fact that the father was not at home and an oversight of the grandfather to take his own life.

Through a statement, the school limited itself to pointing out that they are collaborating with the police.

“We are deeply saddened and our focus now is to help our school community cope with their pain. While this incident did not occur on school grounds, we are working closely with local police and await their findings.”

Now, Christian Illescas will hold a protest this coming Tuesday to demand justice in his son’s case and indicated that he is considering taking legal action.

What do the experts say if your child is being bullied or is a bully?

“Children are hardly going to go to their parents to tell them what happened to them, if they suddenly come with torn clothes or with a broken electronic device, have trouble sleeping, are changing their eating habits or say they don’t want to go to the school,” says the expert.

He also points out that should make a family plan to prevent, in which the child would be asked which would be his trusted teacher to whom he could turn, or his trusted friend, and to know above all that he is not alone in this situation.

On children who can be bulliesthe child psychologist points out that “in some cases children who are harassing or are harassing another child can have more aggressive behavior, they can also arrive with inexplicable injuries, or with money that cannot be explained where they got it from, and they can also be very aware of popularity”.

So you can report bullying or bullying in New York

If your child is being bullied or you know a classmate who is, New York City has these resources for reporting the behavior:

NYC Well provides confidential support for stress, depression, anxiety, and drug or alcohol abuse in the 1-888-NYCWELL (1-888-692-9355) or text WELL to 65173.

The New York Department of Education page offers a wide variety
of resources that you can review in the following link.

Additionally, 311 is the official New York City website for information and reporting these types of assaults.

If you or someone you know is suffering from depression and having thoughts of taking your own life, please call 1 (800) 662-4357 immediately. They can receive help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Asylum seekers who also need mental health support can contact the city’s Asylum Seeker Resource Navigation Center by calling 888-NYC-WELL. Find more information at https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/es/

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