MORRISTOWN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the apparent suicide of a student who attended Morristown High School.
The prosecutor told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan they are looking at everything, including whether bullying was involved.
Friends and students gathered at Assumption Church on Friday to say goodbye to 15-year-old Lennon Baldwin, a freshman student at Morristown High, who, sources said, took his own life inside his home.
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“God does not send suffering or illness or tragedy to test or to punish us. It’s simply part of this random world in which we live where life is not fair,” said Pastor John Hart.
Prosecutor Robert Bianchi was at Morristown High School on Friday talking to school officials as his office launched an investigation into Baldwin’s death.
Sloan: “When you say you’re investigating…you’re investigating as a bullying incident or how?”
Bianchi: “We’re not going to get into those details right now…in order to preserve the investigation…all of us are aggressively looking into the circumstances of this tragedy and we’ll report when we have the investigation complete.”
The school district would not comment, but grief counselors were on hand at the school, helping students cope.
“From what I hear, he was being bullied by these three people and they robbed him and jumped him and took everything,” student Shannon Ayers said.
Friends said Baldwin was a nice and respectful young man.
“He was quiet, but a the same time he was hilarious. He had a great sense of humor,” student Danny Perez said.
“I have said repeatedly…there are eyes and ears and specifically [if] they have information about this we’d love them to come forward,” Bianchi said.
The saddened community is now left looking for answers, wanting to know exactly what happened.
New Jersey has passed one of the toughest anti-bullying laws in the nation. It requires schools to designate a specialist to investigate bullying complaints.
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