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 he was hurting.”

According to his grandmother, Phillip had been suspended multiple times for fighting since transferring to Benjamin B. Comegys Elementary in September. read full article

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