TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - One month after Battle Ground Middle School student Angel Green took her own life, the Tippecanoe School Corporation (TSC) released its findings on its own internal investigation.
It's an investigation TSC Superintendent Scott Hanback said was a complicated one with many factors involved.
When school administrators were asked whether they believe bullying was the reason for Angel's death, they said no.
"I'm sure I can't express how my staff felt, how I felt, how my kids felt," Battle Ground Middle School Principal BeAnn Younker said.
For Younker, the death of 8th grade student Angel Green was more than just losing a student. She said it was like losing a friend.
"We loved this girl," Younker said. "We worked with this young lady for a long time, and very intimately wrapped up with her, her group of friends, and her family."
Younker said she saw the conflict between Angel and her friends begin when Angel was in 7th grade, but it was late last fall when Younker said she saw the conflict grow more intense.
While she couldn't give a specific number, Younker said she met with Angel and her friends countless times.
"From day to day they could love each other, they could hate each other," Younker said. "So, we had to intervene. Every situation brought to us was documented and dealt with."
Younker said she is confident the school did everything in its power to help Angel. She said it was a complex situation with many different factors.
Younker said, in her opinion, bullying was not the sole reason Angel took her own life.
"Does bullying exist?" Younker said. "Heck yes it does. It exists in middle schools across the country. Was this a bullying issue? In my opinion, no. But I know a lot more than most people do. I was entrenched in this situation for the last 2 1/2 years."
Hanback said he wants all parents to know that bullying is taken very seriously within the school corporation.
Yet, he said in order to prevent a tragedy like this from occurring again, the school needs help from parents.
"We constantly encourage parents, be involved in their child's life," Hanback said. "What they're posting on Facebook, what they're sending via e-mail, what they're texting to their friends. Parents must be involved."
"We'll never know the answers," Younker said. "We know what we did, we know what we tried to do. It is just a horrific tragedy, and I hope I never have to go through it again, and I don't wish this on any family. I can only imagine how they're feeling."
The Tippecanoe County Sheriff's office said its investigation still continues and could wrap up sometime next week.
They did announce late last month, the people Angel named in her letter would not face criminal charges.
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