On October 9, a candle-lit vigil was held in Hamilton to remember 14-year-old Devan Selvey, who was killed by his bullies at school earlier this week. His mom says he had been harassed since the beginning of the school year, and that the family had reported it to the administration several times. The day of his murder, he had called her to pick him up because they were bothering him again, and that's when the killing happened.
"For a month, we've been trying to get this dealt with," his mother, Shari-Ann Selvey, told CBC. She noted that one student had been suspended, but showed up at the school on Monday anyway.
"All schools have the same policies, zero tolerance and zero bullying, and everyone belongs. And it's not true, and no one is held accountable for it, and then stuff like this happens," she added.
Manny Figueiredo, the education director of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, has confirmed to CBC that the school had received several reports of bullying incidents from the family this year. They have turned over that information to the police. They are also conducting their own investigation of what happened.
Hundreds of people gathered outside Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School last night, October 9, in a tearful vigil to remember 14-year-old Devan Selvey.
"Everyone failed my son," said Shari-Ann Selvey. "Even I did. I tried to save him, and I couldn't get to him in time."
At 6:30 p.m. last night, October 9, the front of the school was so packed with people that police had to block off a main street to make more room for vigil attendees, CP24 reports.
Other parents have also come forward about the bullying their children had faced at the school.
“My daughter attended this school, and was bullied terribly her entire four years here. A friend subsequently took his own life as a result of being bullied here. It was important to represent her, him, Devan, and all kids who have been bullied,” Trudy Nicholls-Draker told CP24.
Another kid's mother shared this image of her child's back, which was red with welts from getting beaten up by bullies at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School.
This was Devan's first year of high school. He was in grade 9. Watch his mother's statement and remembrance of her son below.
“Devan stood up for himself but he stood up for others more than he did himself, he would put others way before him,” said Mikey Wager, the 14-year-old’s friend since the pair were in junior kindergarten, Global News reports.
Devan's last words were "I was not raised like that," in response to insults from his bullies.