ACTON -- Bullying is being blamed for the suicide of a 14-year-old football player at Vasquez High School. Authorities were called to the school at 33630 Red Rover Mine Road, shortly before 1 p.m. Monday, according to county fire department officials.
The victim, Jeremiah Finton Lasater, was found inside a restroom with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, officials said.
No one else was in the bathroom at the time, he said. An estimated 300 students and parents attended a candlelight vigil at the school Monday night to remember the victim, whom some mourners said was often bullied.
Classmate Paige Cummings said the day of Lassiter's suicide, kids were throwing food at him.
"One of the kids that is here stood up for him, and basically told the other kids throwing things, told them off, told them to stop," Cummings said. Another student said the teen was "tormented by endless teasing". Another unidentified student said he was known as a "gentle giant".
The victim was reportedly a special needs student who played Junior Varsity football. Lasater also has an older brother who attends the same school.
Angry parents are calling on the school to take steps to stop bullying and teasing of students before another tragedy occurs.