CHICAGO (CBS) – At the age of only 15, Nate Branstein committed suicide – after his parents said that other students were relentlessly cyber-beating him in one of the best private schools in Chicago.
As CBS 2’s Marisa Pearlman reported on Tuesday night, the social media star has heard Nate’s story – and is now starting a campaign to stop bullying in his honor.
CBS 2 investigators first told you the Latin school of Chicago did not investigate the bullying and did not inform Nate’s parents – despite the fact that the law and school policy are obliged to do so.
Now Nate’s family says they are working to ensure that what happened to their son at the Latin school does not happen again – and for this they are teaming up with social media star Tristan Jass.
It started with the publication of the story Instagram more than 2 million Jazz subscribers. He wrote: “See you at Oz Park in Chicago today at 4pm! Big announcement …”
This post really led the crowd to Oz Park in the heart of Lincoln Park. More than 100 teenagers arrived hoping to shoot hoops with Jass, the content creator best known for his acrobatic likes on social media.
But Jass came to Oz Park – and drew the crowd to go with him – not just to learn tricks.
“We’re all going here for Nate – and we’re just trying to put an end to the bullying,” Jass said.
As a sophomore in high school, Nate was a super-sharp, funny kid; A pillar in their family of five. It was a new transition last fall to the Latin School of Chicago, at 59 W. North Blvd. in the Gold Coast.
But his classmates mocked him to such an extent that he did not want to live to see his future.
“Our son is no longer here because no one has reported him being attacked and bullied,” Nate’s mother Rose Branstein said at an event in Oz Park.
But according to the 68-page lawsuit, Branstein had no idea how much Nate had been subjected to cyberbullying. However, they say the Latin school did – including that Nate reported that several students mocked him through text messages provided by CBS 2 investigators.
“For me and my family – my two girls – it’s important to hold administrators and the school accountable,” Rose Branstein said.
The Bransteins say that Nate’s legacy is to make sure this doesn’t happen again – so they are launching “Justice for Nate” and hope that millions of Jass’s followers will hear their message.
This is the message: if you see something, say something – it can save lives.
“It’s very important for me to reach out to these kids,” Rose Branstein said.
“If I can spread it around the world and use my platform to stop it, I mean, let’s do it,” Jas added. – I’m all in.
Branstein now says he would like Nate to see a full court in Oz Park filled with his friends – a place where he once played – as well as an internet star he once loved, promising to tell his story.
“I wish he was here today to see how many kids in the neighborhood really, truly love him,” Rose Branstein said.
Illinois anti-bullying laws are among the strongest in the country. But the Bransteins say that if schools do not follow them, they are meaningless.
In a statement, Latin called the allegations “inaccurate and irrelevant.”
If you or any of your acquaintances are concerned about suicide, you can contact the 24-Hour Confidential Suicide Prevention Line at 800-273-8255. You can also go to the crisis text line by sending HOME to 741741, or go here in online chat. You can find more useful resources here.