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Mother of Bullied Student Calls for Justice

From: Georgia Public Broadcasting
Series: Bullying in Georgia Schools
Length: 04:00

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It’s been two years since Masika Bermudez lost her only son Jaheem Herrera to suicide…. but the heart wrenching emotions are still raw as if he died yesterday. Jaheem was just 11-years-old when she found him hanged in a closet in their Decatur apartment in April of 2009. She says he was bullied to death. Read the full description.

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 The start of the school year is extra hard for the family with Jaheem not around. Masika Bermudez says she tries to be strong for her daughters.   She says she takes solace in knowing that her son’s story inspired state lawmakers two years ago to pass a law beefing up bullying policies at all Georgia schools -  a policy that had not been updated since 1980. She hopes it will help other families.

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 The start of the school year is extra hard for the family with Jaheem not around. Masika Bermudez says she tries to be strong for her daughters.   She says she takes solace in knowing that her son’s story inspired state lawmakers two years ago to pass a law beefing up bullying policies at all Georgia schools -  a policy that had not been updated since 1980. She hopes it will help other families.

Transcript

: Public school students and parents are seeing some changes this year in the way their schools handle bullying. That’s because of a law passed by the legislature last year that schools are now starting to put into practice. In the second of a 4-part of a Southern Education Desk series on the new bullying law, Chandra Thomas of the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange has the story of how the suicide of Jaheem Herreira was the catalyst for the law.

[OPEN WITH BITES OF BERMUDEZ CRYING ABOUT SON]

BERMUDEZ BITE: - “Every day I cry my son, every day, every day. Right now he would have been 14, you know. Taking care of me, looking out for his mom like he used to always say. And now he’s not here.“

It’s been two years since Masika Bermudez lost her only son Jaheem Herrera to suicide…. but the heart wrenching emotions are still raw as if he died yesterday.

BERMUDEZ BITE: “I...
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Intro and Outro

INTRO:

: Public school students and parents are seeing some changes this year in the way their schools handle bullying. That’s because of a law passed by the legislature last year that schools are now starting to put into practice. In the second of a 4-part of a Southern Education Desk series on the new bullying law, Chandra Thomas of the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange has the story of how the suicide of Jaheem Herreira was the catalyst for the law.

OUTRO:

For the Southern Education Desk and Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, I’m Chandra Thomas

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SouthernEducationDesk.org