SPRINGVILLE, SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A family in Susquehanna County that recently lost a loved one is looking to turn their pain into action.
Eyewitness News talked with the aunt of Ceejay Smith Wednesday.
She believes the 13-year-old took his own life due to bullying.
“Parents should not be burying their children because somebody is bullying them,” Rhonda Smith said.
Rhonda Smith and her family and trying to cope with an unthinkable tragedy.
Rhonda’s nephew Ceejay, 13, died just over a week ago.
Family members posted a very frank obituary about Ceejay’s death saying he took his own life when he gave up his fight against bullying.
“His death has to mean something! This couldn’t be for nothing!” Smith said.
Ceejay was an 8th grade student in the Elk Lake School District.
Family members say he was a happy kid who loved to follow the weather and play the trumpet.
They had no idea what he was going through.
“He stood up and he stood up for others so that’s why it really took us by surprise that this happened,” Smith said.
Family members are now honoring his life and trying to bring awareness to suicide through what they’re calling the #BeAHero movement.
They’re working to spread that hashtag on social media.
Ceejay’s family is also inviting friends and community members to a celebration of the teenager’s life this Sunday at the Springville Fire Company. It will take place from noon until 4:00 PM. People will be able to learn more about the #BeAHero movement and why it is important.
Family members say if they can save one life or many one bully understand the consequences of what they’re doing then their efforts will be worth it.
“It’s Ceejay’s voice that we’re getting out there. Stand up to these bullies or stand up for other people if they cannot and talk, tell somebody, anybody!” Smith said.
Family members are now trying to raise money for scholarships in Ceejay Smith’s name.
Family members have launched a GoFundMe Account.