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Classmate kills self after bullying on sexuality, friends say

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. -- Students at a local school are grieving a classmate. Friends say the young man took his own life because he couldn't take any more bullying. And they say school officials knew about the torment but didn't do enough to stop it.

Friends say that kids bullied Jacob Rogers at Cheatham County Central High School for the past four years, but in the past few months it had become so bad he dropped out of school.

And Wednesday, he ended his life.

"He started coming home his senior year saying 'I don't want to go back. Everyone is so mean. They call me a f****t, they call me gay, a queer,'" friend Kaelynn Mooningham said.

Kaelynn said her friend Jacob felt ignored. "Jacob told me no one was helping him. He constantly was going to guidance," she said.

Friends of Jacob's family say they likely don't have enough money to hold a funeral. Two funds have been established. One is at the Community Bank and Trust in Ashland City, called the "Jacob Rogers Benefit Fund." The other is at the Bank of America in Ashland City, called the "Jacob Rogers fund."

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