Logan CrawfordNov 8, 2017, 6:08 pm

Students mourn Hicksville teen who committed suicide after years of apparent bullying

Friends say Angelo Collazo was a ‘kindhearted’ person who ‘did not deserve this’


HICKSVILLE — Students from Hicksville High School held a vigil for a classmate who committed suicide last week after, what family members call, years of torment at the hands of bullies.

Friends of Angelo Collazo, 17, remembered him on Wednesday morning, placing flowers outside of the school in his memory.

"He was very kindhearted to everybody and he just did not deserve this," Samantha Melish said.

School officials are providing grief counselors for students as students mourn the loss of their classmate.

"The Hicksville Public Schools administration, board of education, staff and school community are saddened to learn of the passing of one of our high school students,” school officials said in a statement. “We extended our sincere condolences to the individual's family and friends during this difficult time. Our crisis intervention team has been activated and support services will be available as needed."

Some say the school should do more to prevent suicides by recognizing students who are at risk.

"I just hope the school recognizes this and not brush it off. We need to do something about suicide prevention, we have to monitor all the kids," Ryan Kingdon said.

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