Boy kills himself inside school bathroom after being bullied

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By Dr. Sinclair Grey III

No parent ever wants their child to face bullying. Unfortunately, when bullying leads to a child taking their own life, questions must be raised and solutions must be sought out immediately.

In Florida, a family is grieving at the loss of Lamar Hawkins, III, a 14-year-old who committed suicide inside Greenwood Lake Middle School last week. It appears that the boy was repeatedly bullied and decided that fighting was no longer an option.

Lamar Hawkins’ mother, Shaniqua Hawkins, told reporters that her family moved from New York to Florida with the hope and desire that Lamar wouldn’t be bullied.

Lamar, who was called Shaq had stunted growth. Family members believe that made him an easy target to be picked on and bullied. He was described by all who knew him as a ‘happy boy.’

Authorities say that Lamar shot himself in the bathroom on Wednesday with a gun that his father had stored properly.

Bullying is tragic no matter the victim. Living in fear everyday of being picked on and in many cases, terrorized can leave many of our youth lost and confused.

Dr. Walt Griffin, the Seminole County Superintendent released the following statement:

“This is a very tragic circumstance and our hearts and prayers remain with the family during this difficult time. We are aware the family held a press conference this morning and allegations of bullying were discussed. The School Board has a comprehensive bullying policy that is fully enforced in all of our schools. We must remind everyone that this is an ongoing law enforcement investigation and Seminole County Public Schools has cooperated fully from the beginning as the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office works diligently to gather the facts surrounding this tragedy. The school district remains firmly committed to assisting the family, our students, faculty and staff with support as they continue to grieve and heal. Additional counselors are in place at the school and will remain for as long as necessary.”


Dr. Sinclair Grey III is an inspirational speaker, motivator, author, life coach, and host of The Sinclair Grey Show heard on Monday’s at 2pm on WAEC Love 860am (iHeart Radio and Tune In). Contact him at or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey