Ty Field was an 11-year-old sixth grader, who shot himself one evening in late May 2010, following an incident at school which culminated in his being suspended. According to Ty’s parents, he had been bullied all year-long by another child at his school. And on this particular day, Ty stood up for himself, and was reprimanded with a suspension by the school.
Ty’s father, Kirk Smalley, said, “I think he was tired of fighting it. I don’t think he had anything left in him.” He went on to note that his wife had complained to the school and gotten no satisfaction, the school characterized it as “Boys will be boys.”
The Superintendent of Perkins Schools, James Ramsey said he there was no indication the bullying occurred.
Here is a video clip from Kirk Smalley speaking on the bullying which Ty received which led to his suicide.
Note: 10 May 2011 – corrected name per comment received from Field family