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California High School Teen Takes Own Life After Video Of Him Masturbating In School Bathroom Went Viral

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california high school teen takes own life after video of him masterbating in school bathroom went viral

This is awful.

A 14-year-old boy took his own life on November 29th and now the teenager's parents are suing the school district of the school where he attended.

It is believed that Matthew Burdette was kicked out of class in University City High School for eating sunflower seeds on November 15th, but was not told where to go. He then proceeded to go into the school bathroom. It was in there that another student secretly filmed him allegedly masturbating in the bathroom stall.

The video was uploaded to social media sites and then immediately led to constant bullying and teasing for Matthew from other classmates.

Here's what one part of the lawsuit said:

"From the moment the video was posted, Matthew was mercilessly bullied, harassed and teased by students who had seen the video. This continued for the next two weeks."

The bereaved parents have now filed a $1 Million lawsuit against San Diego Unified School District because they believe teachers and school employees knew of Matthew's bullying and did nothing to deter it.

The claim says:

"Matthew took his life as a result of the embarrassment and humiliation caused by bullying related to the video and its distribution."

The 14-year-old did leave a suicide note which the parents summed up by saying:

"He said, I can't do school anymore. I have no friends. I don't want to kill myself but I have no friends."

The school district has released a statement on the case, and said:

"The district also adheres to the privacy and confidentiality laws and regulations related to students, families and ongoing investigations. For this reason, the district cannot provide details about Matthew Burdette's death. Our hearts and thoughts continue to be with his family and loved ones."

It is believed that the boy who recorded the initial video has been arrested although the details of that case are being kept under wraps.

Hopefully some semblance of justice can occur in this tragic event although obviously nothing can help ease these parents' grief over the loss of their son.

So sad.

RIP Matthew Burdette

Check out a video with more information on this awful story (below).

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15 comments to “California High School Teen Takes Own Life After Video Of Him Masturbating In School Bathroom Went Viral”

  1. M to the H says – reply to this


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    Of all the silly things to kill yourself over? It would have all died down in another week or so. It's not right and its not fun to be bullied, but there are other things that can be done. Move schools, home school, get in on the joke (I'm not saying bullying is a joking matter, but the less you give them, the less funny it will be in this instance). It just seems like teens are getting less coping skills? Is that because their parents build them up so much and with all the selfies and putting themselves "out there" they just can't handle any negativity - again, its not right, but see the big picture, please - they will not be around forever - school doesn't last forever and you never have to see those people again.

  2. M to the H says – reply to this


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    …and to sue the school is ridiculous. I'm glad I don't live in the US.

  3. texasannie says – reply to this


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    it's easy for us adults to see this as a stupid reason to kill ourselves (and it is) but remember this kid was 14 and logic isn't always at a high level at that age. The parents should've probably taken him out of that school and sent him to another, definitely talked to him and explained how this would pass, etc. Very sad for the parents and sad for a kid who ended his life over something that would stay with him for a while, but eventually he'd get past.

  4. Be-Atch says – reply to this


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    …where can I see the video ……….?

  5. A says – reply to this


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    Just for masturbating?!! Really? Masturbating? I get random orgasms and I some people know but I would not kill myself over something stupid. He is real Dumb for that. Most people Masturbate.



  6. 6

    Looks like he took matters into his own hand… twice.

  7. char says – reply to this


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    I hope they don't get a penny, If they think the school knew, then they should have known, it was their son, did they see any signs?

  8. - Luke 11.5. says – reply to this


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    This is why there is only the mercy of the Lord to save us, because looking at the free wickedness of people, I have come to the conclusion that there's nothing good in them.

  9. dave says – reply to this


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    Re: Be-Atch – in your mirror

  10. Sarah says – reply to this


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    Kinda creepy it went viral… Why are so many people searching for a video of a 14 year old masterbating in the first place. Shouldn't have been him as the one being teased but the creep who films in the bathroom, jeez.



  11. 11

    Why didn't his parents or the school called the authorities. That video is CHILD PORNOGRAPHY!!! Any person, even if underage, who distributed it is breaking the law.

    They should have shut it down the second that they heard of it. I don't know if the parents knew but the school should have known!



  12. 12

    Re: M to the H – He is a child! He has a child's brain and child's confidence. I remember when bad things happened at school, I felt like my whole world collapsed. And, I didn't even have anything remotely as bad as this boy. It's probably not the masterbation as it is having his genitals seen by everyone when he's a boy. That's shame-filled to a child.

  13. Hollyweird says – reply to this


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    Hope this school pays out the nose. As long as they go on ignoring the bullying that goes on in schools it will continue. Once they start loosing money they may wake up. Schools have always punished the outcasts while kissing the butts of the popular kids who do all the bullying. This is the reason there was a Columbine in the first place. The part you never read in any paper in seem in any news cast, the shooters went after the bullies and the teachers that protected the bullies. There was no loss that day except for the shooters who were bullied relentlessly by the people they shot!

  14. Be-Atch says – reply to this


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    …but honestly, WHERE can I see this video … ?

  15. Herro says – reply to this


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    @M to the H-I was going to ask you if you were even from America before you stated you weren't. In the schools here, nothing like that will die down. He would have been tormented up until graduation and then further if he showed up at reunions etc. Kids in this country are horrible and I'm living proof. I suffer from PTSD from being bullied straight from middle school up until graduation. And there's no way I would go to any reunions.