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Bullying appears not to be factor in boy's fatal plunge, school says

February 11, 2012 | 11:33 am
Crescenta Valley High School officials said they don't believe bullying was a factor in the apparent suicide of a 15-year-old boy who jumped off a three-story building Friday during lunch period.
Though some parents and students expressed concern that bullying might have played a role, officials said they have no evidence of that.
“As a district, we take bullying very seriously,” Glendale Unified Supt. Dick Sheehan said.
The high school held a student assembly last week to address bullying and methods for coping.
At a news conference on the campus Friday, Los Angeles Count Sheriff's Lt. John Corina said the sophomore seemed to take a running start before jumping off the ledge at about 12:30 p.m.

Later that evening, coroner’s officials identified the boy as Drew Ferraro. Within hours of the incident, friends and classmates filled Ferraro’s Facebook page with memories and condolences.

“Drew, I love u so much … I will miss u so much. U were one of the nicest and funniest [people] I met. I wish I could tell you in person. I love you so much. R.I.P,” one note read.

School officials began evacuating the campus at about 1 p.m., and investigators began talking to students, some of whom watched Ferraro fall.

“It was lunchtime — a lot of kids were out there on campus,” Corina told the La Canada Valley Sun, adding that the investigation remained ongoing. “We are talking to a lot of kids right now. Some of them saw, some of them did not.”

The teenager didn’t appear to say anything before the incident, Corina said, adding that detectives were looking into whether he left a note.


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Photo: A student pleads to be let out of the track field at Crescenta Valley High School after a student reportedly jumped from a building at the La Crescenta school on Friday. Credit: Raul Roa / Times Community News