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West Virginia 9-year-old takes own life after being bullied

Photo: Betsy Baber/GoFundMe

Photo: Betsy Baber/GoFundMe

RALEIGH COUNTY, W.Va. — A child’s life at 9 years old should be carefree, full of life and love. Sadly, bullying made that not the case for 9-year-old Jackson Grubb, WVNS reported.

Raleigh County deputies said they found Jackson dead Saturday, and they said it appeared he hanged himself.

Jackson was a typical 9-year-old, active and full of energy.

“He was always just beep bobbing around, action Jackson,” Maranda Cook, a family friend, said.

The news hit Jackson’s family hard.

“You don’t expect that to happen to a little 9-year-old,” his brother, Tyler Grubb, told WVNS.

“A chink of our chain that held us together is now lost,” his uncle, Shane Baber, said.

His grandmother, who has full custody of Jackson, told WVVA her grandson had fought back against bullies in the past, but she saw him change in the past few weeks as he seemed to run out of fight to give.

“I was spending time with him, trying to get it out of him. But Jack’s the type that holds things in, and I couldn’t get to him,” the grandmother, Betsy Baber, said.

Family said the bullies even followed him home, and Jackson recently built a clubhouse outside his home to try to make a friend.

Those who loved him are grieving his loss but also want to help prevent this tragedy from happening to others.

“He’s gone now. No one can hurt him now,” Baber told WVNS. “Staying here has become unbearable because everything he has is here.”

She said she wants to spread the message of the seriousness of bullying, such as putting Jackson’s face on a billboard with the words “stop bullying, it killed me.”

“It breaks my heart that he took his life on this day, and it takes a life for people to come together,” Shane Baber said.

Betsy Baber set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Jackson’s burial costs.