Ottawa councillor speaks out on losing son to suicide
Allan Hubley says he tried to do everything for his son who died by suicide Friday night.
"Some kids started calling him names...like fag they called him fag," says Hubley. "He found that harmful."
Jamie was openly gay, was bullied and fought depression. Despite the best efforts from loving family members and friends, he took his own life.
"We want other people to know – through our pain – he had dreams."
The 15-year-old was a championship figure skater but quit after being bullied about it in grade seven.
Hubley says the kids shoved flashlight batteries down his throat.
"Some kids held him down," recalls Hubley. "They were attempting, if not to kill him, to injure him."
The Hubley family has received a lot of support and says they are grateful.
Jamie Hubley's funeral is set for Thursday at 1 p.m. It will be held at Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church in Kanata.
Director of education offers condolences
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board released a statement Tuesday morning offering condolences to the Hubley family.
"The truth is that bullying happens –it happens in schools, it happens in workplaces and it happens in homes. At the OCDSB, we are committed to addressing bullying," writes Jennifer Adams, the director of education for the school board.
Adams opened the statement by offering condolences and saying "staff and students share in your grieving and offer you support at this difficult time."
A.Y. Jackson high school students wore blue Monday in Jamie's memory.
On Tuesday a rally was held to support the anti-bullying movement.
"The Hubley family has issued a heartfelt statement about their son and his difficult journey. That statement speaks about the need to "stop the bullying and find a treatment for depression."
"I couldn't agree more about the importance of dealing with these issues. These are complex issues that we have to deal with as a community", says Adams.
Adams says there are policies and programs in place to help parents and students with regards to bullying.
Tuesday night a special Town Hall meeting will be held at Nepean High School on mental health issues common among teens.
If anyone you know may be suffering from depression, you can give them the number to the Mental Health Crisis Line (613-722-6914 or 1-866-996-0991) or Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868).
With a report from CTV Ottawa's Graham Richardson