School officials say suicide victim filed no reports of bullying

Sheriff's office looking for cause

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. - Grief councilors are at  West Hernando Middle School in Brooksville, to help everyone cope with the apparent suicide of 12-year-old Miguel Rodriguez.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what role, if any, bullying played.

Tracy Logan said she cried when finding out one of her son's classmates appeared to have committed suicide.

Her son told her he never saw Rodriguez get bullied.

"If he did know that Miguel had been through this, because he's been through it himself, he would have stepped right in and did anything he could," said Logan.

Miguel's devastated mother says her son was bullied ever since he started middle school. Jeanette McCants says other students targeted him because of his size.

"The kids would just pick on him because he was so short, and smack him around on the bus. He wasn't a fighter."

McCants says about a year ago she reported to school counselors her son was depressed because of the constant attacks that went beyond teasing.

"All they told me was those are things kids go through," said McCants.

But today Hernando Superintendent Bryan Blavatt said that school officials looked at the child's record and found no evidence of any problem.

"There's nothing out of the ordinary there. And there certainly wasn't any documented bullying reports."

Back at Miguel's home, his mother takes comfort in the flowers and cards surrounding her, wondering what she could have done differently.

"I tried to give him a little space, but I was always over protective because I knew he needed me," said McCants.

West Hernando Middle School is actually the only school in the county to be a part of Rachel's Challenge. It's the anti-bullying program named for the first person killed in the Columbine High School shootings.

Miguel's mother told us they sheriff's office took her son's computer and cell phone to look for clues as to what was the catalyst for his apparent suicide.

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