On December 21 of last year, Kenneth Suttner took his own life.
A Missouri coroner's jury ruled on Tuesday that the teen's suicide was caused by involuntary manslaughter — putting most of the blame on the teen's former Dairy Queen manager.
Harley Branham has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Suttner (above), who endured years of bullying at work and school until he fatally shot himself.
According to former co-workers who testified, Branham regularly bullied the 17-year-old while on the job — even forcing him to clean the floor by hand while lying on his stomach, and throwing a cheeseburger at him when he made it wrong.
The 21-year-old former manager denied harassing the teen, brushing off her actions as lighthearted jokes. While she admitted to calling him an "asshole" once, Branham said none of her insults were meant to demoralize him.
She told the Columbia Daily Tribune: