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.
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]