(WWBT) - A simply tragic story from West Virginia as a family is reeling from the death of a nine-year-old boy after they say he felt death was the only escape after months of relentless torment for being different.
In a report from WVVA, Jackson Grubb was a third-grader at Sophia Soak Creek Elementary School in the West Virginia community of Sophia and he was found dead at his home by his sister.
Deputies say the call came in as a hanging.
"I was spending time with him, trying to get it out of him. But Jack's the type that holds things in and I couldn't get to him," Grubb's grandmother and guardian Betsy Baber told WVVA.
The grandmother said she had noticed a change in her grandson a couple weeks ago, saying he would fight back against bullies with humor and, on occasion with his fists, but she said the fight in her grandson seemed to have disappeared in recent weeks.
"I don't know what he was thinking. He wanted to spend the night with me for two days and I couldn't figure out what was going on," recalled Grubb's uncle Shane Baber to WVVA.
The NBC affiliate reports on Saturday afternoon, Jackson's sister entered his room, hoping to cheer up her little brother with a frog she found outside. Instead, she witnessed a horror no child should ever see.
Like every other 9-year-old boy, Baber told WVVA it was the one thing he wanted that was the one thing he missed. She said her grandson built a clubhouse outside their home during his final weeks hoping to make a friend.
Little Jackson was just starting the third grade at the time of his death.
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