Authorities Investigating Bullying Connection To Cooperstown Teen SuicideGriggs County authorities are investigating a teen suicide that may be related to bullying in Cooperstown. 16-year-old Cassidy Joy Andel was found dead at around 7:00 Thursday morning.
Griggs County authorities are investigating a teen suicide that may be related to bullying in Cooperstown.
16-year-old Cassidy Joy Andel was found dead at around 7:00 Thursday morning.
Griggs County Central Superintendent Wade Faul says school officials were notified immediately and organized a number of assemblies throughout the day to talk about Cassidy's death. He says students suggested to authorities that she was bullied by other students on Facebook and through text messages. He said before today the district had no knowledge that Cassidy was being cyber-bullied.
Griggs County Sheriff Bob Hook confirms to WDAZ that the death was a suicide and that bullying may have played some roll in it. He says they are investigating the bullying claim and terrorizing charges could be filed.
Cassidy's Facebook page Thursday included two posts. Her first entry posted Wednesday night says, "If you don't like the way I am, then don't come around me. If you don't like the way that I talk, then don't listen. If you don't like the way I dress, then don't look. But don't waste my time telling me about it. I don't care."
Her last message posted was at 6:00 Thursday morning. It reads, "My time has come, and so I'm gone. To a better place, far beyond. I love you all as you can see. But it's better now, because I'm free." Authorities say her body was found at her home a short time after that post was written.
Cassidy was a sophomore at Griggs County Central High School who participated in many activities, including a number of sports. Faul says she also played on the boy's football team.
Faul says ministers and counselors were brought in for grief counseling, school was dismissed at 2:00pm and parent/teacher conferences were cancelled for the night. Faul says the school and authorities are investigating and organizing future meetings to talk about cyber-bullying.