Family and friends showed up Monday evening at the Minford High School Media Center for the Board of Education meeting, the first one since a tragedy that put the issue of bullying at the top of many minds in the community.
Family of Jonathan Scaff, 13, who took his own life on Wednesday, July 16, are expected to address the board about bullying policy at Minford Schools.
13 News has received dozens of emails and Facebook comments about the issue of bullying since our first story about Jonathan last weekend.
"This bullying has got to stop before this happens to another family," says Trisha Scaff, Jonathan's mother, who plans to attend the meeting to "take a stand for Jonathan."
Friends tell us Jonathan had endured bullying all the way up until the day before he died when Jonathan was harassed and taunted at football practice.
"I looked over at him. He looked at me, and he just said, 'I'll be alright,'" says Jordan Fyffe, lifelong friend and teammate of Jonathan who has witnessed several incidents involving Jonathan.
Family and friends say neither they, nor Jonathan, could get the bullying to stop, even when they contacted school administrators about it.
13 News has left several messages for the principal of Minford Middle School.
Our messages have not been returned.
"They need to take it more seriously. They need to stop acting like the kid who's coming to them is the problem. It's the bullies that are the problem," says Jonathan's cousin, Amanda Schultz. "The joking with each other, and the rough-housing with each other is totally fine. But actually degrading them until they cry, or telling them to go kill themselves, -- that's uncalled for. That's unacceptable."
The meeting, rescheduled as to not conflict with last week's viewing for Jonathan Scaff, is set for Monday, July 28, at 6 p.m.
Trisha Scaff tells 13 News about the last interaction she had with her son, Jonathan, just as she arrived home from her first day at her new job on Wednesday.
"I got home from work that morning, and he rushed out to the van, and even opened up the van door for me. He said 'Hey Mom. How was your first day at work?' Not an hour later is when we found him."