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Cambria dad speaks out about son's suicide

Jordan Lewis (Source: Brad Lewis) Jordan Lewis (Source: Brad Lewis)
CAMBRIA, IL (KFVS) -

The Williamson County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a 15-year-old boy in Cambria, Ill.

According to the sheriff's office, Jordan Lewis' death was the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Allegations that the teen had been bullied have surfaced since his death. Deputies say these allegations are part of the ongoing investigation.

Jordan's father, Brad Lewis, posted a video saying his son said in a suicide note that he was being bullied. He thought Jordan was trying to make a point by doing this during National Bullying Prevention Month after watching a video at school.

Lewis said he received an e-mail from one of Jordan's friends stating that he was relentlessly bullied

"His wake will be at the Mitchell and Hughes Funeral Home in Marion, Illinois this Sunday," Brad Lewis said. "The wake is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and burial is right after in the Marion cemetery next to his Grandpa Lewis."

We reached out to Jordan's mom and she told us that she has nothing to do with the video, and has requested that Jordan's dad take it down.

She said she wants people to remember the word "forgiveness," because nothing will bring her son back. She said she hopes that no other family has to go through what her's is going through.

We also spoke with the superintendent, Robert Prusator, at Jordan's school. He said there were no reports of bullying against Jordan Lewis.

"We take bullying very seriously," Prusator said. "We hold assemblies addressing the issue to raise awareness and understanding. We try to be incredibly proactive in this area. We have a Freshman Focus curriculum to address this issue."

Prusator said they encourage both staff and students to report any and all bullying.

"Of course we feel terribly for his family," he said. "Our sympathy and hearts go out to them. We're trying to provide all the resources necessary for staff and students coping with his loss."

He said they are providing grief counseling for anyone who would like it.

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