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21 February 2024

Student was bullied before taking his own life, mother says


The mother of a suburban Denver high school student says he was bullied before he took his own life.

The Denver Post reported Wednesday that Greenwood Village police are investigating the February death of 15-year-old Jack Padilla, a freshman at Cherry Creek High School.

The student’s mother, Jeanine Padilla, says the family learned after his death that other students bullied him on social media and at school. She says they encouraged him to kill himself and threatened to bring a gun to campus to shoot him.

The Cherry Creek School District says students didn’t report any bullying until after the death.

Two Cherry Creek High School students have taken their own lives this semester. The school canceled instruction last week and used class time on Friday to counsel students.