Bullying Cited by Pennsylvania Teen who Killed Himself
LIVERPOOL, Pa. -- A 14-year-old Pennsylvania boy who killed himself by running into the path of a tractor-trailer left behind a note that said he wanted to draw attention to the problem of bullying.
But officials said Tuesday that Midd-West High School staff neither witnessed nor received any reports of students teasing freshman Brandon Bitner.
State police said Bitner walked several miles from his family's home in Mount Pleasant Mills before killing himself early Friday near Liverpool.
Bitner's mother, Tammy Simpson, says he complained about being bullied in middle school, but not in high school.
The Patriot-News in Harrisburg says his note said he was tired of being called names like "faggot" and "sissy." Simpson says her son never said whether he was gay but that she didn't care.