Update: Le Grande Teen dies Sunday Afternoon


Tragic news this afternoon from Oregon, 15-year-old Jadin Bell has passed away. Oregonlive.com is reporting that Bell passed early Sunday afternoon at an Oregon children’s hospital.

Bell was admitted to Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital last month following a suicide attempt on a elementary School playground.

According to KOMO-TV, Bell “came to the playground of Central Elementary School in La Grande. He climbed on a play structure and hanged himself. Someone passing by tried to rescue him. He was brought to Portland and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital where he was put on life support.”

He was taken off life support a little over a week ago.

Family friend Bud Hill tells reporters,”Jadin was pushed to suicide after being bullied in person and on the Internet for being gay.”

PQ Monthly says, “A passerby tried to rescue the boy, who was then flown to Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital where he was on life support until last weekend.”

Bell’s mother, Lola Lathrop, tells KATU-TV she hopes there’s a lesson to be learned from the tragedy, “The next time you are thinking of being unkind to someone, think to yourself, if that person was a member of your family, would you want them treated like that?” Don’t treat them like that,” Lathrop said.

According to KOMO-TV,”Hill says Jadin asked his parents to home school him. He feared turning in the bullies would make things worse. The school district says it was in the process of investigating when Jadin tried to end his life.”

A facebook page set up to offer love and support to Bell and his family became a rallying point for both friends and strangers from around the country waiting for news of his health.   As news of the boy’s death  made its was around the internet, Sunday evening, messages of sorrow and sadness were beginning to trickle in.

Oregonlive.com reports that his family has made arrangements with Loveland Funeral Chapel in La Grande.

Family friend Bud Hill tells the newspaper he “plans to hold a public meeting this coming week at Eastern Oregon University, where he works as an electrician, to discuss plans to create an anti-bullying foundation. He said there’s been an outpouring of support for the idea.”

“The meeting will be held Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Hubert Auditorium in Badgley Hall on the EOU campus at 1 University Blvd. in La Grande.”


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