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A 13-year-old Michigan boy killed himself after being relentlessly bullied on his school bus.
Michael Martin died in hospital on January 25, just two days after the eighth-grader attempted suicide at his home in Lansing.
Teen - Family - Michael - Bus - Everett
The teen's family say Michael had been bullied relentlessly on the bus and at Everett High School in the months prior to his death.
They have claimed that no one at his school tried to stop the bullying despite countless calls and emails from his mother trying to get him help.
Michael - Mother - Joanna - Wohlfert - School
Michael's mother, Joanna Wohlfert, said she contacted the school and Dean Transportation - the company responsible for the school bus - numerous times but they failed to respond.
His mother claimed that the school also failed to investigate his absences and that he missed a total of six weeks. She got attendance records from the school and found Michael's absences dated back to September.
Wohlfert - Interview - State - Journal - Michael
Wohlfert, in an interview with the Lansing State Journal, said Michael stopped attending classes in December unless she was home to make sure he got on the bus or drove him herself.
Wohlfert said her son's friends have since revealed that Michael was teased about his weight, glasses and braces.
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They said he was also slammed against a lunchroom wall.
Wohlfert started contacting the school via email in November to ask for help given Michael's grades were slipping and he was missing class.
School - Assistant - Priscilla - Ellis - Guidance
She said she went to the school and asked to meet with the assistant principal Priscilla Ellis. She also contacted the guidance counselor numerous times.
Ellis wrote back to an email on January 8 saying she had asked Michael for the names of the students bullying him and that she would accompany him...
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