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Family blames Virginia teen’s suicide on high school bullying

Posted at 10:21 AM, Apr 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-19 10:21:13-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- The family of a Newport News high school student, who took her life over the weekend, said Dejah Jones committed suicide as a result of being bullied, WTKR reported.

Jones, 14,  was a freshman at Woodside High School and played volleyball for her school.

Dejah Jones

Dejah Jones

A family spokesman told WTKR Jones was being bullied by a group of girls who threatened her and even jumped her on one occasion.

Dejah Jones

Dejah Jones

The Jones family said the questions they asked administrators at Woodside were largely left unanswered.

A school spokesperson told WTKR the school system could not comment on whether bullying complaints were filed since those complaints were often  done through an anonymously hotline.

The school system told the Jones family an investigation was ongoing.

The family has set up an online fundraising website to help with funeral expenses.