Glendale Unified officials and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators on Wednesday stood by their earlier statements that bullying did not factor into a 15-year-old student’s decision to jump to his death at Crescenta Valley High School earlier this month.
Their statements came on the heels of an interview the parents of the student, Drew Ferraro, gave KCBS-TV, in which they claimed recently discovered journal entries had revealed their son was the target of harassment at school, including name-calling and pushing, and that the incidents might have been a factor in his death.
Drew jumped from the roof of a three-story school building into a cement courtyard during the lunch period on Feb. 10, horrifying witnesses and stunning the larger community.
“The fact that he did do it at school, to me, was a huge statement,” his mother, Deana Ferraro said during the television interview.
The Ferraro family’s assertions that Drew was bullied stand in stark contrast with those of law enforcement and Glendale Unified officials, who maintained their assessments that bullying played no role in the incident.