Posted 10:36 PM 8/11/2012 : Mom fights for end to bullying after son's suicide
At Devin Scott's funeral Saturday afternoon, no one wore black. Instead, a sea of blue shirts filled the pews of New Life Church. His mother, Angel Bradley, said he would have wanted it that way.
"If you see him in all the pictures people are posting, he's in a blue shirt. It's just weird. I guess I never noticed how many blue shirts I washed," Bradley said between sobs.
To his family, Devin was known as the "Cookie Monster" for his love of baked goods. At his funeral, trays of chocolate chip cookies lined the reception buffet.
Bradley lost her 17-year-old son Tuesday, Aug. 7. when he committed suicide as a result of ongoing bullying. The day before his death, kids showed up in his neighborhood to watch him fight.
"He said it was 30 to 50 kids. He didn't know. There were so many. He just said he couldn't believe that many people hated him."
Bradley says Devin was scared and locked the front door while kids pounded on it, covering the peephole and taunting him to come outside. Devin never came out to fight that afternoon. His choice to refrain from violence resulted in torment and taunting on Facebook.
"I think Facebook can be positive and I think it can be very negative. Devin kept disabling his account because people were being so mean."
It was his second day of school as a senior at Vista Ridge. He never saw the third day. Devin's friends and family have initiated a campaign to put an end to bullying. His five brothers and sisters don't want his 17 years of life to be in vein.
"That's why we're talking about it. This is difficult for me to be talking about this on the day of my son's funeral, but I think awareness needs to be out there. Somebody needs to hear the story so that another family doesn't have to go through this."
His older brother Donte Smith, 26, wishes he could have done more to protect him. Smith posted a picture of his brother in his casket on Facebook. He's received both criticism and praise. The photo has over 800 "likes" and has circulated around the country. Complete strangers have commented with supportive thoughts.
"It's a very real picutre. It's to prove that bullying is real," Smith says.
"It's not a game. Devin is really gone."
On Aug. 20, Devin would have turned 18. His family thinks he's some where up in heaven, surrounded by mounds of cookies. They're hoping he saves some for them.