Hundreds mourn teen family claims was bullied to death
NEW ROADS - Hundreds paid respects today to a teen who took her own life in Pointe Coupee Parish after her family says she was bullied.
Several of Tesa Middlebrook's classmates wore T-shirts to remember her today. Others sang and spoke at her funeral.
Many claim Middlebrook was taunted, which is why she hanged herself outside of Pointe Coupee Central High School earlier this month. However,it was clear the 17-year-old will be missed by many at Pointe Coupee Central High.
"She was a great friend of mine, she was a very sweet person," said Keisha Gibbs.
"She had very deep feelings," said Tre Wells.
Middlebrook was born in Omaha. In 9th grade, she moved to New Roads with her mother after her parents divorced. A month ago, Middlebrook lost her mother to cancer.
Friends described Middelebrook as a talented artist and high achieving student, she was set to go to college in Arizona in the fall.
"I hope and pray this opens the young kids' eyes that's going through something," said family friend Gloria Butler. "I hope they reach out and ask for help so this doesn't happen to anybody else.
Authorities and school administrators say they are still investigating Middlebrook's death.