Last Thursday, 15-year-old Jordan Lewis took his life.
In a message left behind, Jordan said that bullying at school was a major reason he felt his life was no longer worth living. Jordan, a sophomore at Carterville High School in Illinois, loved playing football and video games. He played football his freshman year of high school, but quit after just one day of practice this year due to bullying from teammates.
When Jordan’s father, Brad Lewis, asked his son why he quit, he said the bullying was too much to handle.
"You wouldn't understand, Dad," Jordan said. "I'm being picked on at school."
Brad told Jordan that he did understand, and that he’d endured bullying himself for years as a child. Brad urged Jordan to talk to school officials, adding that he would talk to them for his son if he didn’t feel comfortable.
“He didn’t say much. Maybe he wasn’t ready to talk about it. He said he thought I wouldn’t understand but I did and told him the same thing happened to me when I was young,” Lewis said. “I advised him to tell a teacher, tell the principal, about it.”
Then, on Wednesday, Jordan saw a bullying awareness video at school. At the end of the video, the victim of bullying goes home and kills himself. The next day, Jordan did the same.
Heartbroken, Brad Lewis took to Facebook and posted a seven minute video in which he pleads with parents, school officials, and children to proactively fight bullying.
“This bullying has to stop. People have to stop treating other people the way they do, because some people just don’t have the strength to overcome the humiliation, the continuation of being picked on constantly, every day, to the point that they have no outs,” Lewis said in the video, which you can see below.
The Williamson County Sheriff Department is currently investigating the bullying allegations.
“Allegations that the juvenile had been bullied have surfaced since his death. These allegations are part of the ongoing investigation by the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office,” a statement said.
School Superintendant Bob Prusator told media outlets that student and staff at the school are “struggling.” “Our thoughts, prayers and sympathy go out to … family. It’s an unimaginable tragedy,” he said.
Here is Brad Lewis’ video: