CCCHS Student Kills Self Over Bullying
Jacob Rogers, a Senior at Cheatham County Central High School, reportedly took his life after alleged repeated bullying by classmates. A friend of Jacob’s was interviewed by WSMV and reports that Jacob repeatedly went to guidance counselors at the school, beginning his Freshman year at CCCHS. Dr. Tim Webb, Director of Cheatham County Schools, was also interviewed for the story, and he related that his almost all new staff at the high school only knew of one incident of bullying and confronted the accused over the bullying. However, Dr. Webb also noted that because staff were new to the school, they were perhaps not aware of the extent of bullying that Jacob had endured in years past. Our condolences go out to Jacob’s friends and family during this difficult time.
Update, 12/08, 1:48PM: The Nashville Scene is reporting that the TN Equality Project is requesting an investigation into Cheatham Co. Central High School’s response to Jacob’s complaints of bullying. They are also requesting that our county adopts new policies with regards to “ explicitly prohibit student discrimination, harassment, bullying, and intimidation based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.” As news develops on this story, we’ll continue to update here.
Please note that Jacob’s family is requesting donations in order to help pay for his funeral. Jacob lived with his grandmother at the time of his death. If you wish to make a donation, please send it to Sandman’s Ink Shop, 1102 Main Street, Ashland City, TN, 37015.
Update, 12/08, 4:15PM: WSMV is reporting that a candlelight vigil is to be held tonight at 6PM in Jacob’s honor at River Bluff Park.
Update, 12/08, 4:39PM: Here is Jacob’s obituary, from the Ashland City Times.
Update, 12/09, 11AM: Out and About, a Nashville Newspaper “designed to fill a growing need in the Nashville gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community” is reporting today that a “former teacher” at Cheatham County Central High School contacted them and reportedly told them that the school in fact did know about Jacob’s bullying for years:
“The administration did nothing to try and stop this from happening. There’s never been any disciplinary action taken unless there was a fight. I wish I could have reached out to him more, but he had such a mistrust of authority figures because nobody tried to help. His family is poor, and he lived with his grandmother because his father didn’t approve of his lifestyle. He was so delicate and fragile and he didn’t get support. It’s important to keep gay teens from falling into a depression in these repressive communities.”