A family in Raleigh County, West Virginia is grieving this week over the senseless loss of 9-year-old Jackson Wyatt Grubb, who took his own life Saturday after reportedly being bullied.
Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department said they responded to a call on Saturday around 2:35 pm at the Mt. Williams Trailer Park in Soak Creek of a possible death. They found the little boy already deceased and stated it appeared he had hung himself.
The family was interviewed by 59 News. Jackson’s grandmother, Betsy Baber, who had full custody of him, tearfully said, “I just need some help, he’s gone now. No one can hurt him now. They come out and told me that he hung himself and just staying here has become unbearable because everything he has is here.”
His older brother, Tyler Grubb, said, “You don’t expect that to happen to a little 9-year-old.”
Family and friends described Jackson as full of life, “always just bee-bopping around, action Jackson.” But he was often bullied, and the family wants to do something to get the message out that bullying kills.
“I want to get a billboard with his face on it that says, “Stop bullying, it killed me,” said his grandmother.
59 News said the family is trying to raise money for the billboard and funeral expenses.
However, another side of the story has emerged. Under the 59 News Facebook post, a local woman who knew the child has posted a lengthy comment, stating that Jackson was never bullied at school. She alleges that the “bullying” was actually happening at home. Below is her statement:
Kari Michelle Stalans: #JusticeforJackson, in the events of Jacksons death! I can’t keep quite & let him pass in vain, knowing all the lies & scams going on, using that poor babies name! In the events that took place at home not at any school a neighbor mentioned he must have been bullied and they took the idea and stuck with that!On the day of his passing he and his grandmother had a huge fight and she sent him to his room in the events that took place inside his room he started to beat on the walls as, his grandmother commented later that evening in her very front yard that when she heard him kicking and beating on the wall she thought “he was just punching more holes in the wall as that’s what he always did when he was grounded to his room!” It is said that Jackson had court appointed counseling but was never taken to any of the sessions!!! Inside of his room is my belief he acted out on impulse of anger just wanting someone to notice him and love him!The uncle told a neighbor with his own mouth when he confronted him saying” man Jackson was never bullied! The uncle said I know but we’re going with it!” That is so sickening! When that baby had nobody that actually cared, they are now putting it off on the school! I personally have been to the school about bullying and also had an issue with a teacher one time the principal listened to everything I had to say and immediately took control of the situation! Why yes there is bullies in this community there are three main ones his sister being one of them even, being one of my daughters bullies to! It breaks my heart to watch this crap on TV knowing the truth, knowing that the friends Jackson had at school and in this community were the people who truly loved and cared about him, were the people that made his life happy, the kids that made his life worth living!This baby was never bullied! I myself know this because he has spent countless hours I’m in and outside of my home! He is cousins with my daughter, and Brooke told me of the times they shared sitting in the schoolyard just talking! He told one neighbor “he hated home”! If no one else is going to speak out for him I will! I can’t sit here silent knowing all this blame being put on the school that was the happiest place he had, he was so excited that he made the basketball team this year! There’s not one picture of him at school unhappy, me and my daughter’s younger sister has ate lunch there last year several times Jackson was always so excited to see people he loved, he laughed and joked with every child around him at the lunch table!This family is disgusting to use this baby because they see opportunity for big bucks, its known that he was ordered by the court to have counseling and never received it, the only appointments everkept by the Grand Mall is her weekly drug rehab treatment! She is almost $2,000 behind in rent and is about to be evicted! Whatever the fight was before he was sent to his room was hurtful enough that it hurt him so bad he felt this was a way out or a way to get someone’s attention! His bullies came from inside the 4 walls of home, not Sophia Soak Creek Elm!!!
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