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Teen nearly overdosed because of bullies, mom says

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An Arlington sophomore is recovering after trying to kill himself on campus. He said he did it because he was bullied by his own football teammates.

Clayton Harrison got out of the hospital on Monday. The 16-year-old was rushed to the emergency room last week after taking nine hydrocodone pills while in the cafeteria at Lamar High School.

"What his plan was to do was to commit suicide so the players could see how they hurt him," said Carol Harrison, his mother.

Clayton left a note saying he wanted to die at school where he said the bullying began.

His mother said he transferred to Lamar from Grand Prairie High School last March. Immediately she saw dramatic changes in his behavior.

"Clayton's grades changed. He started receiving F's and I knew then something was wrong," she said.

The teen pried his braces off with pliers because of the taunting. He told his mother his teammates were mentally and physically torturing him.

"They were making fun of him. He's skinny. They were laughing at the clothes he was wearing, the shoes because they weren't up to date name brands like Nike," Harrison said.

Harrison said last Thursday was the final straw for Clayton, who had worn a t-shirt representing his older brother's college football team.

"He wore this shirt on JV game day and it was ripped from him when he was choked," she said.

Harrison met with the junior varsity coaches demanding they take action.

"He said he was going to get the team together and said no football players would be teasing anyone," she said.

In a statement to FOX 4 News, the Arlington Independent School District said, "Bullying is unacceptable and the district takes these allegations very seriously."

School officials plan to meet with Harrison, the coaches and the students involved to investigate the bullying allegations.


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