Family says bullying led to Newport News teen’s suicide

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – A Virginia community is gathering around a local family in their time of loss.

14-year-old Déjah Jones, a freshman at Woodside High School in Newport News, took her own life over the weekend and her family says it’s because she was bullied so badly at school.

10 On Your Side’s Andy Fox spoke to Déjah’s parents, who describe her as happy, and full of life, hope, ambition and dreams. Family and friends are shocked by the unexpected tragedy.

Michelle Price, with Newport News Public Schools, sent WAVY.com this statement:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the Woodside High student who died unexpectedly this past weekend. As with any heartbreaking tragedy like this, the school division and the Woodside community are working with the family to support them during this difficult time.”

The high school distributed fliers Monday with information on a new bullying hotline.

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Woodside High School also has a student Crime Line: (757) 591-3800. Students, parents and members of the community are encouraged to call the crime line if they witness an incident, feel threatened or have information that would be helpful in ensuring the safety of students. All information is confidential.

Additional Resources:

Recognizing Teen Depression

Virginia Suicide Prevention resources

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-(800)-273-8255.

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