Drew Ferraro, 15, committed suicide due to bullying and harassment despite authorities typical denials.
Glendale Unified School District officials and Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigators said this week they don’t believe that bullying was a factor in the death of a 15-year-old student who jumped to his death at Crescenta Valley High School earlier this month.
The parents of the student, Drew Ferraro, told KCBS-TV in an interview this week that their son wrote in journal entries that he was the target of harassment at school, including name-calling and pushing, and that the incidents might have been a factor in his death.
Drew jumped from the roof of a three-story school building onto a concrete courtyard during the lunch period on Feb. 10, horrifying witnesses and stunning the larger community.
“The fact that he did do it at school, to me, was a huge statement,” his mother, Deana Ferraro said during the television interview.
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina on Wednesday said the bullying issue was not raised by friends, teachers or family members during the early hours of the investigation.
“This is a kid here who had problems,” Corina said. “I think he was suffering from deep depression. I think the parents were working with him and were aware of the problem. But we will never understand why he chose to take his life the way he did. That was his decision.”