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

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).

[Image via Tributes.]

Jul 16, 2014 4:28pm PDT

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