Dad creates viral facebook video just hours after son takes his life over possible bullying

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Brad Lewis made a facebook video that has gone viral after his son took his life, reportedly over bullying.

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. — The father of a 15-year-old boy, who took his own life two weeks ago, created a facebook video on the day his son died to mourn his son and denounce bullying.

“I turned my facebook to public and it went viral,” Brad Lewis said.

Lewis claims his son Jordan was bullied at Carterville High School, in Cambria, Ill., about 100 miles southeast of St. Louis. He says he found out about about the bullying only a few weeks before Jordan shot himself.

“Today my son took his life with a shotgun shot to his chest,” Lewis` video starts.

Lewis recorded the video just hours after he learned his son was dead. The video has gone viral and has been the subject of news reports across the U.S. and even in Europe.

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Two weeks after Jordan’s suicide, the video is also bringing postings from people claiming to be students or former students who had seen Jordan bullied, or had been bullied themselves in the same school.

Lewis says he is haunted by the fact that Jordan’s suicide came just one day after Carterville students were shown an anti-bullying presentation that included pictures of children who died, presumably by suicide, as the result of bullying.

“Yes, it would give the idea to some kids that alright, these are real kids but with other kids who are in a dark place, they are going to say that`s me, I am in that position and I don`t have no other way to go,” Lewis said.

Carterville Schools are not commenting on the story, saying they intend to distribute a lengthy press release next week explaining their version of the events leading up to Jordan`s suicide.It is unclear if the school was aware that Jordan felt bullied.

In the meantime, Lewis has started another Facebook page dedicated to anti-bullying information.

“I am not going to be able to see him get married, have kids, maybe even do something important in life,’ Lewis said. ‘I guess he wanted to voice his opinion about what was going on and maybe (he thought) this was his only way to do it.”

“I am going to make sure his voice is heard.”

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6 comments

  • Carmen

    I had an issue with this same bullying program, for the same reason stated. To some kids who are emotionally unstable or even just curious the telling and showing of how some kids take their own lives give these kids ideas. I was very upset that our school did not tell us about this program. My son who is stable, but a thinker brought it up to me 2 weeks later. I understand they want to make an impact, to show the pain bullying causes, but giving specifics if how they took their life is unnecessary. I also feel their program would be better if they had parents come in as well so they can have discussions with their kids and know exactly what was put in their children’s heads. Very sorry for this family’s loss.

  • Tara Painter

    My son is also being bullied…talked to the school and even tryed to transfer him. Teacher says he has no friends and plays alone. What do we as parents do now. This is the real question, hes only 7 years old and now being the second year of school, its now effecting him.

  • Teresa Brewer

    so sorry for your loss…I felt the pain of bulling and so did both of my sons …it stems from the school teachers know it and do nothing about it and the schools hide it they don’t want anyone to know there is a problem in the schools….not enough is being done….im hoping my son thinks about home schooling my grandson sometimes I think that is the only way to protect them

  • TINA BECERRA

    I HAVE A SON WAS MADE FUN OF I DONT NO YOU BUT A LOST OF YOUR SON NOT A GOOD FEELING AND I WOULD NOT HAVE ANY WROD TO MAKE YOUR PAIN GOWAY BUT IT NEVER EVER STOPS THE BULLING OF OUR KIDS