GALLIANO, La. - The Lafourche Parish School Board said it is cooperating with the sheriff's office in an investigation into the suicide of a South Lafourche High School student whose parents claim he was bullied badly for the past four years.
Some students at the school told Eyewitness News that the death of Garyn Strong, 15, was not mentioned at all at the school as classes resumed Tuesday. The students also said that no counselors were on hand at the school.
Floyd Benoit, a spokesman for the Lafourche Parish school district said that wasn't the case.
"We have school counselors regularly employed at the school on a daily basis and support employees, including social workers, school nurses and school psychologists from our Pupil Appraisal Center there today. They were dispatched to the school this morning and will remain as long as students and employees need."
Strong was found dead in his family's kitchen Friday night.
“The Lafourche Parish School District and the South Lafourche High School family are dealing with a tragic incident for the Strong family, and that incident’s impact on the students and employees of the high school. Our sincere sympathy is extended to the Strong family," said Benoit.
"Our school district adheres to strict protocols in implementing the student codes of conduct. We are cooperating with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff Office’s investigation and will await their findings. The school district cannot comment on student educational matters pursuant to Federal and State student and family privacy laws and will defer all inquiries at this time as it relates to this tragic incident.”
Strongs parents claim that bullies had tormented him for the past four years, using gay slurs and calling him fat.
"They took away my buddy, my fishing partner, my hunting partner, my son," said Thad Strong.
"The bullying needs to stop," said Maureen Strong. "It's an epidemic that's not just local or national, it's worldwide."
Maureen said Garyn opened up about the bullying just six months ago. She said the bullies said hateful and cruel things to her son.
The Strongs say they brought the bullying to the attention of officials at South Lafourche High School where their son attended classes.