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BATON ROUGE- The CEO for Advance Baton Rouge, the organization that runs Pointe Coupee Central High School turned down a second request by News 2 for an interview.

It follows the death of 17-year old Tesa Middlebrook Friday.  Family members say she was bullied to death.

News 2 showed up at the Headquarters for Advance Baton Rouge this morning.  We were told Hammatt was at Pointe Coupee Central High.  However, Communications Director Matthew Broussard told News 2 he was at the high school and had no idea where she was. This afternoon, Broussard told us Hammatt declined to do an interview.  It's the second day in a row we have not been able to get basic questions answered about Middlebrook's death.

Investigators say, Middlebrook hanged herself with an extension cord on the side of the football stadium Friday.  Sources close to the investigation say she may have been hanging for up to eight hours before she was discovered.  A coach at the school made the gruesome discovery after Middlebrook's grandmother became concerned when she didn't get off the bus.

Meanwhile, friends of Middlebrook say she was teased about everything.  People at the school say she was even made fun of because she sounded white.

"They would tease her about the clothes she wore, the way she spoke," Atlanta Celestine said.

"She didn't do the things they did," Katherine Johnson said.  "They thought, oh she not doing what we doing. She needs to follow us if she wants to be in the in crowd."

News 2 also requested to interview Principal Joe Griffin.  Family members say they had a meeting with him about the bullying.  They claim nothing was ever done.

A memorial is planned for Middlebrook at the New Life Worship Center at 806 Hospital Road tomorrow in New Roads.  It will begin at 6:30pm.  The public is invited to attend.


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