by Sasha Wilson
Luciano Tessaro was only 13 years old when he was critically injured during a suicide attempt.
His family was completely blindsided.
They rushed him to the hospital but ultimately had to remove their son from life support Feb. 26, 2015.
Tessaro joined the chorus of voices calling for a difference to be made in the hope it does not happen to another family.
Tessaro, his wife and 3 sons have since relocated to Tennessee for work and to find healing.
He said Luciano was enrolled at Bullard Middle School.
“We spent a lot of time together and we talked all the time,” Tessaro said. “He didn’t give any indication that he was having issues there at the school.”
His brothers found Luciano in a bedroom. They were just six and 16 years old at the time.
When word spread, other students came forward to tell the Tessaros, Luciano had been regularly physically and verbally assaulted at school.
“The police investigated it but found there was not enough proof,” he said. “Luciano didn’t leave a note.”
Police discovered Luciano had searched suicide on his laptop.
“The school didn’t do anything, they turned a blind eye,” Tessaro said. “They know it’s going on. The last little boy who committed suicide, they ignored it.”
Tessaro described his son as a boy who wanted to make people happy.
“Children dont realize it's a final act,” he said. “’It's not a video game, there's not a reboot or a redo.”
He said he wants parents to tell their kids to be treat people how they would want to be treated.
“It’s kind of corny, but do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” Tessaro said. “Be kind.”
We reached out to Bullard ISD for comment on camera, but they refused. In a statement, they announced they are closing their Facebook page because of safety concerns.
“In light of recent events, Facebook has created an unmanageable avenue for opinions and harmful comments,” the statement read in part.
According to the CDC, in ages 10-14, there has been an alarming increase of more than 150% in suicides since 1981, making it the third leading cause of death for that age group.
If you or someone you know has thoughts of suicide, call the free, 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.