Family says 9-year-old boy 'bullied to death' - WVVA TV Bluefield Beckley WV News, Weather and Sports

Family says 9-year-old boy 'bullied to death'

Posted: Updated:

UPDATE:The Raleigh County Sheriff's Office released more information concerning the death of 9-year-old Jackson Grubb.

Deputies arrived at a residence in the Soak Creek area around 2:35 p.m. on Saturday, September 10. The call came in as a hanging. 

"Based upon the examination of the scene and interview of various witnesses and neighbors foul play is not suspected," according to the Raleigh County Sheriff's Office. The injuries appear to be self-inflicted. Grubb's body was sent the the West Virginia Medical Examiner's Office for examination. 

-----

Post by Annie Moore

SOPHIA (WVVA) A 9-year-old boy felt death was his only escape after months of relentless torment for being different, friends and family said Monday. 

Jackson Grubb, a third grader at Sophia Soak Creek Elementary, was found dead at his home by his sister on Saturday. 

"I was spending time with him, trying to get it out of him. But Jack's the type that holds things in and I couldn't get to him," said Grubb's grandmother and guardian, Betsy Baber. 

Baber had noticed a change in her grandson a couple weeks ago. In the past, she said Jackson had fought back against schoolyard bullies with humor and even on occasion with his fists, but the fight in her grandson had disappeared in recent weeks. 

"I don't know what he was thinking. He wanted to spend the night with me for two days and I couldn't figure out what was going on," recalled Grubb's uncle Shane Baber. 

On Saturday afternoon, Jackson's sister entered his room, hoping to cheer up her little brother with a frog she found outside. Instead, she witnessed a horror no child should ever see. 

"We came straight over. I saw the ambulance go that way and I said turn around! Turn around! That's Jackson! When I got to the hospital they wouldn't let me in so I knew when I saw EMS crying that he was gone," said Jackson's biological mother, Diana Crump. 

The little boy, who even as a baby his mother said never shed a tear, was gone. 

According to his family, there were signs along the way; bullies outside his Sophia trailer park and problems at school.

While he may have felt alone in his final days, Counselor Hamlet Smith said Jackson is just one of many who battle to keep bullies at bay. "We all get caught up in the mundane things of life, everything that we have to accomplish that we forget to take time and talk to our kids. And every parent needs to hug their child tonight,"

Like every other 9-year-old boy, Baber said it was the one thing he wanted that was the one thing he missed. She said her grandson built a clubhouse outside their home during his final weeks hoping to make a friend. 

"Some kids can talk, some kids can't. Jack was the kind that didn't like to talk. He didn't want to look little. These kids need to know that there's nothing wrong with being little, it's being able to tell these kids that they're being mean. And it needs to stop." 

Anyone interested in helping Jackson's family during this difficult time may make a contribution at the Midway Pentecostal Church of God, Care of Pastor Sam Bell at Post Office Box 223, Midway, WV, 25878.

Powered by Frankly