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Bullied 12-Year-Old Boy On Cheerleading Squad Commits Suicide

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Our hearts are broken over this tragedy. There are no words to convey how saddened and shocked we are at the loss of such a young life.

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12-year-old Ronin Shimizu of Folsom, California, ended his own life after enduring years of bullying.

Before he was recently enrolled as a home student with Folsom Cordova Community Charter School, Ronin went to Folsom Middle School and was reportedly the only boy on the cheer team.

Apparently, Ronin had been bullied since elementary school, and, according to messages posted on his Instagram, he was further picked on for being a cheerleader.

The school has stated that it had investigated each instance of bullying, and responded with "appropriate action for each instance," claims a school district spokesperson.

A candlelight vigil was held near the Shimizu home on Thursday.

Our hearts go out to the Shimizu family and all of Ronin's loved ones during this tough time.

We hope bullying becomes a thing of the past, so that needless deaths like this one never happen again.

[Image via CBS]

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12 comments to “Bullied 12-Year-Old Boy On Cheerleading Squad Commits Suicide”

  1. Brit says – reply to this


    We need to take away the stigma of suicide, and using the term 'committed suicide' is no longer appropriate, as it implies that it is a crime. The term to be suing today is either 'died by suicide' or 'suicided'. Please change your language.

  2. Mianni says – reply to this


    Devastating. RIP. My sympathy to the parents of this child who found joy in cheering for others.

  3. oy says – reply to this


    bullying is hard to fight.it is all pervasive, tiring grinds on your soul.rip dude

  4. @v@ says – reply to this


    Kids that age can be merciless.

  5. Obie Scott Wade says – reply to this


    There has to be a way to help keep these types of tragedies from happening. I am compelled to do something but I don't know what.

  6. Opal_Moonfire says – reply to this


    This bullying crap needs to stop!!!!
    My 12 year old son's best friend killed himself a few months ago, after moving to a new school and being bullied. He was an amazing young man, just as I'm sure this boy was. My heart breaks for his family.

  7. jb says – reply to this


    If I was related I would remind those kids what they did everyday. Signs outside their homes etc. . . .they shold have to live with it everyday.

  8. jb says – reply to this


    Re: Brit

    Just shutup. What a dumb comment. Let me guess you call yourself a progressive?

  9. John says – reply to this


    Re: Brit – it is a crime according to law. Ad why does he have an instagram at 12?

  10. Say What? says – reply to this


    Re: John – Bravo to you for piling it on the victim by questioning why he had an Instagram at 12. Big thumbs up Mr. tough guy. Guess that must mean he deserved to be bullied.

  11. Say What? says – reply to this


    Re: jb – Good way to put someone down - let me guess, you call yourself a CONservative.

  12. GabbyJohnson says – reply to this


    I hope the little shits who drove this kid to killing himself spend the rest of their lives tortured.

    F each and every one of them