Cheatham Co. teen’s suicide spurs review of bullying policy

Cheatham Co. teen's suicide spurs review of bullying policy (Image 1)

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (AP) – The suicide of an openly gay Tennessee teenager has sparked petition drives and public meetings to examine anti-bullying policies and suicide prevention efforts.

Cheatham County teen Jacob Rogers shot himself on Dec. 7.

A friend says Rogers was an almost daily target for name-calling at Cheatham County Central High School, according to The Tennessean.

But authorities who investigated his death say Rogers did not mention bullying in notes he left behind before his death.

Still, friends and family question whether the school did enough to protect Rogers.

Hundreds have signed a petition to toughen the district's anti-bullying policy. More than 1,700 people have signed a similar online petition started by a gay-rights group.

A town meeting called to discuss suicide prevention was shut down because participants became increasingly angry.

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