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Community gathers to remember Schalmont student
In an interview with Jack Gannon-Zembrowski's parents Friday afternoon, we saw the pain of two people who say they had no idea until after their son hanged himself that he had been bullied at Schalmont High School, where he was a freshman.
"I think that if kids could just come to someone without worrying about any retaliation, if it was even anonymously," Ms. Gannon-Zembrowski says it might stop bullying. "If a student tells another student anything that seems off, they can't just ignore it. They should go to somebody," she says. "I don't know what's going on with the kids now but they need a voice. They need to speak up."
"You can't just watch it," says Mr. Gannon. "You have to be there and you have to stand up for the other person. Not everyone has that thick skin everyone else has."
Among the gathering of about one hundred at the Pattersonville firehouse Friday was a woman who told CBS6 News Rotterdam police were still conducting interviews as recently as Wednesday. The Schalmont school superintendent wrote a letter for parents on October 28, saying the district had seen no indication of bullying being a factor in this case.