The family of a 14-year-old boy who committed suicide amid anti-gay bullying by fellow students says his San Diego charter school waited too long to discuss the bullying and did not inform them when he harmed himself at school.
First reported by San Diego's ABC 10 affiliate, German Aramburo-Guzman was bullied by classmates at King Chavez Community High School. His mother went to the school on November 9, and a week later, received a call from a school counselor saying they needed to discuss an "incident." Hours after that call, German took his life, and his family later learned that he'd harmed himself at school as well.
"It was verbally, through Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, and an anonymous messaging app," German's aunt, Katrina Guzman, told ABC 10. "He was taunted over homophobic slurs. Kids would make fun of him, the way he looked, the way [he] acted."
Guzman also told the ABC affiliate that she believes the school didn't respond aggressively enough after they alerted them to the bullying.
"Schools need better protocols to stop this. Innocent lives are being lost because kids feel like there is no hope for them," Guzman said.