A 13-year-old Michigan student who committed suicide this past March was left out of his school’s yearbook, a move that upset many of his family and friends.
Tyler Nichols was an eighth grade student at Davidson Middle School when he used a .40-caliber Glock handgun to shoot himself in the head in the school’s bathroom. He was pronounced dead after being rushed to an area hospital.
Although district administrators have been helping students cope and move on from the tragedy, many say erasing Wilson from the yearbook entirely is a step too far.
"It's almost like they want to forget he existed, and that makes me sad," Nichols’ mother told WRBW. "He was just such a good kid, and up until actually that morning, every day, multiple times a day, he would come up to me and hug me and tell me how much he loved me.”
Nichols’ mother, who was told by a teacher a tribute page might be put together in honor of her son, had no idea the school would snuff Tyler completely from the yearbook.
Although the district superintendent said the yearbook was sent off to be printed in early March and that the school didn’t have a picture of him, his mother said that isn’t possible because he took a school picture earlier in the year and had new identification card.
"I don't want anyone to do what Tyler did ever, but I think totally suppressing them thinking about Tyler or remembering him is not good, either."