A bullied West Georgia teenager died by suicide. Now his mother speaks out to help others

Authorities are still pieced together the days and weeks that led to the suicide of a 15-year-old student at Heard County High School in West Georgia.

Austin McEntyre killed himself after reporting he was being bullied at school.

His mother, Lisa McEntyre, said the first sign something was bothering Austin came two days before the fatal shooting on Sunday, November 6.

That Friday, he claimed he was ill and didn’t want to go to school.

But after further questions, Austin admitted there was something else.

“He let me know he’s been bullied quite a bit for the past two months,” she said. “Things children do.”

Austin told his mother that other students beat him in a game of “twitch.”

They also pulled his pants down in the weight room in a game of “pant chanting.”

His mother said she called administration officials, who pulled video evidence of the bullying and suspended a student.

But this Saturday, Austin opened up even more about his feelings.

“He said to me out of the blue, ‘Mom, I don’t really have any friends,'” McEntyre said. “That baffled me because I know he did it, especially with all the kids he actually went to school with.”

They walked his dog and had a normal Saturday night, she said.

Then on Sunday, Lisa McEntyre went to work and later called Austin to tell him she loved him.

It was their last conversation.

She said she knew her son was gone when she received several phone messages from the sheriff’s office, rushed home, and saw deputies in the driveway.

She is now speaking to others about what happened to spread the message that you are compassionate towards others and need help when you need it.

“Bullying everywhere needs to be addressed by everyone,” she said. “Please treat everyone with kindness, inclusion and love.”

And when someone asks, “How are you? She said it’s okay not to be okay.

“Some days I might be fine and some days I might not,” she said. “I’m not afraid to talk to people about it because I want to spread the message that speaking up is a step.”

Help is available for depression or suicidal thoughts.

To speak to someone you can call 988 or text them. Someone is available 24/7.

The Heard County school principal referred questions about Austin’s death to the county sheriff, who did not return a phone message.

McEntyre said the investigation is ongoing.

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