Report On Death of Teen Who Killed Himself on HS Campus Says Parents Knew He Was Suicidal
A 15-year-old boy who killed himself by jumping from the roof of a building on his high school campus earlier this year was suicidal, and his parents were notified of their son's condition the day before he died. This information was included as part of a report issued with the autopsy of Drew Ferraro, the teenager rumored to have been a victim of bullying by peers at Crescenta Valley High School when he leaped to his death midday on the campus.
The Glendale News-Press reports that Ferraro's parents were told the previous day the boy “was thought to have been suicidal."
Ferraro's parents say they were not notified about their son's mental status, and had they been aware he was profoundly depressed, they would have sought treatment for him.
Authorities say the teen left four suicide notes in his backpack.
Also included in the report were toxicology test results indicating Ferraro had "trace amounts of marijuana and anti-depressants in his bloodstream." That amount, however, could indicate drug use anywhere from days to a month prior to his death.
School officials have long denied Ferraro was bullied, or that bullying is a prevalent issue on Glendale Unified School District campuses, though some parents and students have openly disagreed with the administrators' stance. Ferraro's parents have asserted their son was bullied at school.
But authorities back the GUSD's view on the horrific incident that was witnessed by many students:
“His suicide notes were very telling,” Los Angeles Sheriff's Lt. John Corina said in the wake of his department's investigation. “They didn't mention anything about being abused or being bullied. He gave a different reason for doing what he did.”