The family of Aaron Fuller — an Ohio sixth-grader who took his own life on Friday, January 11 — believes that the 13-year-old boy hanged himself with a belt due to the bullying he experienced at Lake Middle School.
According to the Toledo Blade, Fuller’s family returned home from running errands on Friday, January 11, to find the 13-year-old Aaron hanged by a belt in his bedroom.
Tami Fuller, the boy’s stepmother who serves as a nurse, performed CPR on the teen, although it was unsuccessful.
Prior to the teen’s death, Fuller’s family says bullies made fun of his clothing and told him on social media to “kill himself.”
While Fuller’s parents reported the incident Lake Middle School (which is located in Millbury, Ohio), school officials reportedly said that there was nothing they could do “because Aaron participated in the back-and-forth exchange.”
Lake Local Schools superintendent Jim Witt provided the following statement:
“Our school family is heartbroken over the death of our student, Aaron Fuller. Our prayers go out to Aaron’s family and friends during this most difficult time. All of us who knew Aaron are grieving and will miss him very much. At this time, due to an ongoing police investigation and potential litigation, the district will have no further comments regarding this matter.”
Who Was Aaron Fuller
Aaron Fuller, a 13-year-old boy from Northwood, Ohio, tragically took his own life on Frida, January 11, due to what his family believes was emotional turmoil caused by bullying and cyberbullying.
Fuller’s tragic death comes just months after his first suicide attempt in September 2018.
The Toledo Blade reports that in September, Aaron drank a bottle of rum, which resulted in his stepmother finding him covered in his own vomit. Aaron said at the time he wasn’t trying to kill himself and was only trying “to make the bullying and pain stop.” As a result, he began seeing a counselor.
Speaking to the Toledo Blade, Aaron’s father Steve Fuller said that “the bullying has to stop”:
“[The bullying] has to stop. People have to learn. … These kids aren’t just getting bullied, but they know if they go say something to a teacher or someone else, they’re the next one who is going to get picked on or beat up.”
At the time of this writing, a GoFundMe page created to pay for Aaron’s funeral expenses raised over $7200, exceeding the $7000 target goal.