For a ‘small, sensitive little boy in a heavy boy’s body,’ life became too much

On Friday, the fifth grader ended his life before it had even begun. One of his younger brothers made the grim discovery Friday evening. There were signs he was struggling. “We knew there were problems and we tried to keep encouraging him,” said Linda Lash-Smith, 56, Phillip’s grandmother. “We just did not realize how deep […]

No foul play suspected in 11-year-old’s death

11-year-old Matthias Elam, who was found dead in his Abbeville home Wednesday afternoon, died of asphyxiation by hanging. Matthias was a fifth-grader at Westwood Elementary school. Called “little man” by some for his height and precocious maturity, Elam was described as outgoing and happy by those who knew him. “I guess that’s part of the […]

Bullied at School: Bullying victim Johnai Price explains her D.O.P.E. program

Johnai is 14 years old and has become an advocate for girls who have been bullied and are navigating through their bullying experience. Johnai has experienced bullying on and off since she was 8 years old. Called Fat, Hippo, Earthquake, Pushed into a locker, tormented during lunch to the point that she refused to eat […]