Sparks High School Community Mourns the Loss of a Classmate

Reported by: Shelby Sheehan
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Updated: 12/16/2011 8:48 am
SPARKS, Nev. (KRNV & - Tonight the Sparks High School community is mourning the loss of 15-year-old Jesus Cuevas. Cuevas took his own life on Tuesday evening at his home in Reno. Washoe County School counselors have been at the school to try and give some comfort to both children and teachers. 

It's important to note that we don't normally cover suicides however since Cuevas' death there's been many rumors circling that he was the victim of bullying and that is what prompted him to kill himself, and we are focused on that issue. I talked to Katherine Loudon this afternoon, she is the head of counseling for Washoe County Schools. She says both she and the school district police are investigating but so far they have not found any evidence that he was being bullied, but she says that the investigation is continuing. 

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replay - 12/19/2011 8:28 PM
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No wonder charter schools are so popular. I used to be against the idea, but now it seems the school district has lost control. You can call me cynical,i don't care, but this situation is like any other where people get hurt. If it was the child of an important person, you can bet someone would pay

nicole - 12/13/2011 11:38 PM
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How in the hell are you going to say that you don't USUALLY cover suicides? This was a fifteen year old CHILD. Children DO NOT kill themselves because they are defiant or because they don't get their way. Obviously this child was hurting so bad that this was the only way he believed he could heal his pain. I am positive that in Sparks High there is Bullying going on and NOTHING is being done about it because my daughter attends Sparks High and In September there was a Tumbler HATE BLOG which stared her and various other Sparks high students with their pictures and derogatory comments about each child. When this was reported to the school and the students had a inkling who was doing this they were told "It's a kid from another school" and NOTHING was done. Last month there was a new HATE BLOG and Jesus was on this one with derogatory comments directed at him. Tell me how is this

Karina B - 12/12/2011 5:29 PM
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does any one know where i can watch the video that was on the local news for jesus cuevas :'( he was my cousin & its horrible :/ Love you Rip Jesus!

KarinaMuro - 12/12/2011 5:07 PM
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News Channel Four stresses the issues on bullying & want to as a community to find a way to prevent or stop this but a child has been bullied a commited suicide and News Channel four only has two paragraphs to "stress" about it.

kcopenhaver - 12/12/2011 4:56 PM
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See this is what happens when the schools dont do anything about bullying. My son has been a victim of bullying for years. I have gone to the schools his elementary school told him to stop being a victim and his middle school after getting punched in the face and pouring blood from his nose and mouth told him he was just in the way and to watch out, The child who hit him didnt even get suspended he got in house suspension for 2 days but my son had to miss school that day cause he was bleeding and his face was swollen. I then called the superintendent and left a message with his secratary and she called the school to tell them I was calling to complain. Dr. Perry still has not returned my phone call since now when I call his secretary is just going to call the school and tell them everything I have already tried to discuss with them. Unfortunately I hope this opens eyes to all out there and thing change! there will always be bullies but maybe now the schools will take it more serious!

RawrAmber - 12/9/2011 6:20 PM
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I used to go to elementary with this kid. Sure he picked on me sometimes but it was playful. We were later friends in Vaughn middle. :/ . The facts are that some of it was bullying. and some of it was family problems which are unknown to me. Hes going to be missed.

Marcela1096 - 12/9/2011 4:42 PM
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You guys are horrible. I cried so much for this kid and you guys have the nerve to say "Suicide isn't a big deal"? For the record he was bullied. You guys do not understand how much all of us are hurting. He had no reason to do this to his self but he did. Why? AGAIN, HE WAS BULLIED! You guys are the news. Get your facts straight.

davruc - 12/9/2011 10:33 AM
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As far as I'm concerned, bullies will never be dealt with by schools,police, or anyone else.They are all too busy with other more "important" things! Bullies must be dealt with on a one to one basis. I strongly suggest a "bullies bootcamp" where they are subjected to merciless examples of what they dish out to their victims!

rddc1947 - 12/9/2011 9:08 AM
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This was sad to read this morning. Anyone who know's anything should come forward and turn over any information you have to law enforcment & school authoritie's. Bullies are bullied themselves from someone in their homes. It is a sad situation that needs to be addressed. When you keep your mouth's shut, you are not helping the bullied person or the bullier. By opening up, you could help other's from this and possibly save a life. this poor kid felt he had no way out. Parent's should be listening to their kid's and what they have to say. My heart aches for this kid and his parent.

bookkeeping - 12/9/2011 9:00 AM
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My daughter has been bullied at North Valleys High school for years and I have made several calls and absolutely nothing has ever been done about it. Her grades are suffering as she spend most of her time dodging bullies. Something must be done about this! How many kid have to die because they are just trying to get an education. Wake up and stop covering up this stuff! My prayers go out to this child's parents. Very sad.

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