On Wednesday, 15-year-old Jordan Lewis watched a video about bullying at his Illinois high school. That evening, police made a "wellness visit" to his home after the grandmother of a friend reported that he had texted her granddaughter about harming himself. On Thursday, Jordan fatally shot himself in the chest. His father says Jordan left behind a suicide note listing the reason why he took his life: "because he was being bullied," Brad Lewis tells the Southern. Though the sophomore played football at Carterville High School as a freshman, he quit after just a single day of practice this year, says Lewis, having told his dad he had been pushed into lockers by his classmates and was "being picked on."
Lewis says he told his son stories about the bullying he weathered (for his red hair and glasses), and pushed him to tell school officials. The school said it got no such reports. Lewis thinks the video could have actually given his son a nudge, telling the Los Angeles Times that "at the end ... the kid that was being bullied went home and killed himself." Just hours after his son's death, the 47-year-old posted a video to Facebook speaking out about bullying, saying it "has to stop"; it's been shared more than 2,000 times. The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office says it is investigating. (It's not the only wrenching story to make headlines of late: A dad on a cross-country trek to honor his 15-year-old son who also committed suicide was killed in Colorado this month.)