Bullying Eyed in NJ Teen's Apparent Suicide: Sources

The boy was a freshman at Morristown High School

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    New Jersey police are investigating whether the apparent suicide of a 15-year-old boy is linked to reports that he was bullied at school, according to two sources close to law enforcement. Brian Thompson reports. (Published Wednesday, May 30, 2012)

    New Jersey police are investigating whether the apparent suicide of a 15-year-old boy is linked to reports that he was bullied at school, according to two sources close to law enforcement.

    The sources said the Morristown High School freshman died at his home in Morris Township by hanging himself after school Wednesday. School officials identified the boy as Lennon Baldwin.

    "No one should ever be bullied to the point where they feel they need to take their own life," a friend wrote beneath one of several YouTube videos posted in his memory. "R.I.P. buddy! I will never forget you."

    Investigators from the Morris County Prosecutor's Office Computer Crimes Unit, who are taking part in the probe, have not indicated what type of bullying Baldwin may have endured.

    "He wasn't the kid standing in the corner, disheveled," said Joe Mottola, his bowling coach who spent every Saturday morning with him for the last four years. "He was with the mix, he was with everybody."

    Maureen Adamo, Baldwin's Cub Scout leader, said her son had seen him just days ago. "My son said he seemed to be OK."

    Hundreds gathered at a prayer service Friday afternoon at Assumption Church in Morristown, where mourners cried and hugged each other. The remembrances continued Friday evening in front of Morristown High School, where some 60 classmates gathered for a candlelight vigil.

    Supporters also set up a memorial page for him on Facebook that has quickly filled with condolences.

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