Ronin Shimizu, a cheerleader for a local Folsom team, committed suicide this week because of relentless bullying. In a tragic story that serves as proof that bullying can indeed kill, Ronin was said to take his own life because he was constantly being made fun as a boy cheerleader. KFOR News reports this Friday, December 5, 2014, that the 12-year-old’s friends and family are now mourning his unnecessary death this week.
People came together to mourn the passing of an innocent boy this Thursday evening in this Ronin Shimizu cheerleader tragedy. The 12-year-old boy, who was only a sixth grader and a good student at Folsom Middle School, was a cheerleader for the Eagles squad. He was the only boy on the team, but was said to love what he did.
Sadly, bullying took its toll on Ronin, who was said to be persistently tortured at school by other students — mostly other boys — that laughed at him for being on the school cheerleading team. Shimizu’s parents said that their 12-year-old son took his own life because of the bullying. Is it proof that this constant intimidation and cruel treatment killed him? Many friends and fellow students think so.
Just last year, Ronin Shimizu was a cheerleader and sixth grade student on the Eagles squad, the cheer team for Folsom Middle School. According to the boy’s acquaintances, he was ridiculed mercilessly. The bullying was said to get to such a level that he was removed from the institution was soon home-schooled by his parents. However, the memories of what happened to him were said to stick with the 12-year-old as the months passed.
“He was bullied very badly,” Riley Coleman, a student, shared while crying. “It’s not ok to bully people,” the Folsom cheerleader added. “So sad to know that people can hurt you that way,” fellow Folsom student Allie Flahive noted. They weren’t the only ones who are missing Ronin and overwhelmed to hear that he killed himself.
“I was devastated when I found out. I started crying,” Ronin’s friend Grace Velander said. “I’ve known him since 6th grade. Me and him had classes all last year together.” A parent added, “He was just a sweet child. For him to feel that hopeless is heart-breaking … I can’t imagine a child taking it to that level. I’ve had a son that’s been bullied. It’s so scary.”