Friends Mourn 13-Year-Old Duluth Suicide Victim

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Lincoln Park Middle School student Tristan Seehus, 13, was being mourned Tuesday after bullies are believed to have forced him to end his life.

“Nobody knew how he was feeling,” said close friend and classmate Kylee Turner. “I wish he would have talked to somebody about it before he tried anything.”

Seehus loved going to the Proctor races, playing a little chess, and four-wheeling at his family’s cabin.

For Seehus, it’s believed the pain of bullies crushed those brighter times until he couldn’t take it anymore.

The tragic death of Seehus has once again brought bullying to the forefront, which has now turned into a deadly problem.

“With all the drama going on in school it’s hard to focus,” said Turner.

Five days a week, Turner walks the halls of Lincoln Park Middle School, and she says the things she sees happening in the hallways are shocking.

“People getting pushed around or being called names, or sometimes people get jumped in the hall,” Turner said. She explained getting jumped is when a group of people gang up on one person and beat them up.

She’s is not just an observer to the daily acts of bullying.

Turner and her small group of friends are often a target.

“They call me a hoe and stuff like that,” she said.

“I get upset and then I end up calling the school and yelling at them,” said Turner’s mother Gina Howell.

As a mother of five Howell doesn’t tolerate bullying, but she says reaching out to the school doesn’t work.

Howell said she’s called the school more than 100 times in the past year to complain about bullying. She believes the school does nothing.

“They always tell me that we’ll get to the bottom of it and it happens the next day,” Howell said.

“Sometimes I wish that it were all just this big nightmare, and I wish it would go away, but it can’t,” said Turner.

For this 14-year-old girl, the nightmare she’d been living became a reality Friday when her close friend and classmate, Seehus, committed suicide at 13 years old.

“Tristan was a really fun person,” Turner smiled. “He loved to have fun. He was smart, too.”

Seehus’ friends say they never knew his struggle with bullies, but looking back they wish he would have said something.

“When it gets that far where somebody has to take their own life or wants to take their own life it’s messed up,” Turner sighed.

Right now, Duluth public schools are on winter break, but turner says when she goes back to school on Monday, unfortunately, not much will change.

“The kids at my school, they don’t care what happens to anybody else really,” Turner said.

The funeral for Seehus is Friday afternoon at the Coppertop Church in Duluth.

Instead of sending flowers the family is asking for donations to be made to the “Tristan Seehus Anti-Bullying Memorial Trust,” which is set up at any Wells Fargo locations.

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