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Bloomington Police Investigate Bullying Role In Suicide

The Bloomington Police Department says it is trying to find out if bullying was a factor in the death of a Bloomington North student.

A photo from a Facebook group remembering Tori Swoape, a Bloomington High School North sophomore who committed suicide earlier this week. Rumors she was bullied at school surround her death.

Photo: Facebook / Stop Bullying! Inspired by Tori Swoape

A photo from a Facebook group remembering Tori Swoape, a Bloomington High School North sophomore who committed suicide earlier this week. Rumors she was bullied at school surround her death.

Bloomington Police continue to investigate whether bullying was a factor in a teen’s suicide this week.

Bloomington High School North Sophomore, Torie Swoape died Monday night.  There’s a lot of speculation over whether bullying contributed to Swoape’s decision to take her life, even though police maintain they’ve found no direct evidence to support that.

Meanwhile, Monroe County Community School Corporation administrators have spent hours reviewing their bullying and harassment programs to determine what’s most effective.

It’s something that we’ve asked ourselves all week,” she says. “And it’s something that we’ve focused on all year is the bullying and the harassment, but when you have a student that takes her own life that really calls into question ‘what else did we miss, how do we keep this from happening in the future’ because losing a student is extremely difficult, and extremely difficult for the parents, and you feel so much empathy for them and yet you can’t walk in their shoes.”

The district is working on plans for next year, which Bergeson says will most likely include community outreach.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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