#cyberbullying | #cyberbully | No criminal charges to be filed after Coffee County teen takes his own life over bullying

No criminal charges to be filed after Coffee County teen takes his own life over bullying (Channing Smith photos courtesy family)

No criminal charges will be pursued in the death of Channing Smith, a Coffee County teenager who committed suicide after family members say he was cyber bullied and outed online.

Smith, just 16 years old, took his own life in September after the family says a couple of teens outed him live on social media, releasing screenshots of texts between him and another young man. Smith shot himself later that night.

Smith was a junior at Coffee County Central High School. His death sparked a push for change at the school by friends and family. Just one day ago, Channing’s brother Joshua, his dad and Billy Ray Cyrus, who sang at Channing’s memorial, were at the White House in Washington, D.C. and met with First Lady Melania Trump to help get the word out about bullying. Joshua wants lawmakers to take a look at his brothers case and rewrite laws to help victims of cyberbullying.

District Attorney Craig Northcott told FOX 17 News that he has determined there’s no “probable cause to believe that any crimes have been committed in this tragic situation” No criminal charges or juvenile petitions will be sought by his office.

“The family remains in my prayers and I hope that all of Channing’s friends and family can find peace in this difficult time.”

Full statement from D.A. Northcott:

Resources:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

TBI School Violence Hotline: 1-800-824-3463

Information for parents and students.


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