Friends: Freshman bullied before his death

October 25, 2010

Hamilton Southeastern High School students and staff returned to class Monday without one of their own. Friends say 14-year-old freshman Jamarcus Bell took his own life because he was being bullied at school. Bell was found dead Oct. 20 at his parents’ home in Fishers. On Sunday, friends gathered at a nearby park to sign a remembrance card. Two close friends said Bell was private about his feelings and focused much of his energy on making others happy. School officials declined to comment on the bullying allegation, releasing a statement offering condolences to Bell’s family. “Events like these cause all of us to wonder what might have led to this tragedy,” the statement read. “As we learn more about the situation, we will be prepared to examine any circumstances that warrant our review.” A funeral service is scheduled for  Monday night at Eastern Star Church in Fishers.