The mysterious death of a 14-year-old boy in his family home on Friday night, just hours before participating in a competition sports game, has set authorities on alert and the prosecutor ordered an urgent investigation on Monday.
The boy was found hanging from the ceiling of his room with a cable around his neck. He was already dead when his parents discovered the body and called the ambulance.
A suicide committed by a victim of bullying at school or a victim of the horrible “Blackout Challenge” game that puts teenagers’ lives in danger around the world?
14-year-old boy Makis as his first name became known, was living in Kato Patisia district of Athens. Makis, an athlete of martial arts, was scheduled to take part in a panhellenic contest on Saturday morning.
Friday at school, he became the victim of a bullying attack by other boys at school.
“They threw oranges and water at him at school, spat on him, threatened ‘I will stab you’,” some classmates revealed to media..
They said that although he knew martial arts Makis would never raise his hand against another child. “And some bullies at his school in Kato Patisia knew that,” they added.
Speaking to news website newsit.gr, two of his classmates revealed the bullying a few hours before he ended his life on Friday.
Most of his classmates talk about the brutal bullying that the 14-year-old boy was exposed to, adding that “he was systematically teased by some children.”
In his school, classmates and staff speak of a “very kind and good kid, he never bothered anyone, he was one of the best guys I’ve ever seen, it was God’s pleasure, that’s why we are all very upset at school,” said one
As for the “Blackout Challenge” scenario as one cause of his death, students in his school say that they do not know whether he participated in such a “challenge.”
A teacher told Mega TV that he asked the students about this game and he received information that they knew it and it was kind of popular.
The police who are investigating the causes that led to the death of the young boy do not rule out any possibility and try through testimonies but also from the data from his mobile phone and his computer to find out the truth.
Monday morning, students at the school in Kato Patisia left flowers on his desk in the morning. At noon, they moved to the court yard and formed his name “Makis” with their bags.
They held a moment of silence and chanted rhythmically his name to honor their classmate Makis.