Ohio Teen’s Suicide Sparks Online Protest Against School’s Principal

Oct 8, 2015 at 11:41 am |

Are the School’s Administrators to Blame?

teen suicide hayden long

Source: Chang.org


Story Courtesy: Storyful, Elie Lichtschein

The memory of an Ohio teen who committed suicide earlier this week, after reportedly being told by school administrators that he “had ruined his life,” has inspired members of his community to band together in protest.

On October 5, 16-year-old Hayden Long of Geneva, Ohio was found dead in his home, just days after he was questioned at a school dance at Geneva High School for allegedly smelling of marijuana.

Long’s friend Hank Siegel wrote an open letter about the experience, which has since been posted to Imgur in which he states that Long was “verbally attacked by Mr. Wetherholt, Mr. Markijohn, and Officer Gonzales.” Siegel’s mother adds at the bottom of the letter, “The administration needs to accept responsibility for this tragedy. Impressionable teenagers should not be treated like hardened criminals.”

Here is Hank’s letter to the staff about Hayden:

Letter about high school suicide

Source: Imgur


A change.org petition entitled GHS Principals need to realize suicide is not a joke!” has been created and states, “These principals need to pay for their actions, so if you agree please sign this and share it.”

As of this writing, the petition has 5,865 supporters out of a goal of 7,500.

SHARE if you feel for Hayden’s family.

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