A meeting was held Monday night for parents at Cheatham Central High School in Ashland City to discuss suicide and suicide prevention.
The meeting was prompted by last week's suicide of 18-year-old Jacob Rogers, a student at the school, however, the main issue on many parent's minds was bullying. Parents and friends say Rogers was bullied at the school, which ultimately led to his untimely death.
The meeting lasted only about 30 minutes before it was abruptly ended.
News cameras were not allowed inside and Nashville's News 2 decided not to identify the parents who spoke on camera.
Several made comments about bullying, while others asked questions.
A mother whose daughter was close to Rogers told Nashville's News 2, “These kids tortured him [Rogers] and persecuted him to a point where I wished I could have been there. I wished I could have saved him.”
Another said, “As far as the meeting right now, it makes me very upset, very upset the school needs to recognize and attend to the bullying.”
He continued, “A lot of parents are mad, they're a little bit ticked off, they're disappointed, a lot of parents have a lot of questions that weren't answered.”
For many of the parents Nashville's News 2 spoke with, their concerns over bullying have turned to anger.
“These kids are being tortured and there's nothing being done about it,” said one mother.
Many parents also told Nashville's News 2 that the school district should do more to prevent bullying.
“The system is failing these children and that's just the way it is and that's why I understand a lot of the way these parents feel right now,” another said.
“You're calling them [bullies] in the office and telling them stop doing this, leave this alone that's not going to resolve the problem. Eliminate the problem [and] get them out of the school system,” said a third.
Parents say they just want something to be done so that no teen will ever contemplate suicide because of bullying.
Cheatham County school board members were not at Monday's meeting for comment.
Sheriff's deputies escorted the high school's principal and told Nashville's News 2 she would not be making any comments.
If you or anyone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.