An adolescent ended it all in the wake of being outed as bisexual on the web, his family have said.
Channing Smith, 16, lethally shot himself on September 22, hours after his cohorts posted screen captures of his messages on the web.
The uncovered writings show Channing trusting in a companion about his sexuality. Be that as it may, the companion, alongside a female colleague, shared the screen captures on Snapchat and Instagram on Sunday night, Channing’s sibling Joshua Smith said.
Being in a small, rural town in the middle of Tennessee, you can imagine being the laughing stock and having to go to school Monday morning.”
After his chats were exposed, Channing reportedly called the girl and told her he was going to commit suicide. The classmate did not bother to alert anyone else about his plans to take his life. Just hours later, the 16-year-old took his own life.
Joshua added: “He couldn’t face the humiliation that was waiting on him when he got to school on Monday, so he shot and killed himself.”
Now the family are pushing District Attorney Craig Northcott to file charges against the classmates.
The office announced it was investigating events surrounding the teenager’s death.
“My office has encouraged, cooperated in and supported the investigation into the events leading to this death,” Northcott told news station WTVF.
He added: “Ethically, I am prohibited from commenting on an open investigation or prosecution. However, procedurally, no charging decisions have been made by my office nor has the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department asked for a decision since the investigation has not been completed.”
A balloon release and candle light vigil will be held in Channing’s memory on Thursday. October 3.