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No evidence of bullying in teen's suicide

RCMP in Saskatchewan say they have found no evidence of harassing or criminal behaviour in the case of 15-year-old boy who committed suicide last year.

Police said they reviewed more than 16,000 text messages, hundreds of images, Facebook messages and videos as part of the investigation into Todd Loik's death last September.

"We did not find any evidence that there were any threats made or any harassing behaviour being directed towards him," Sgt. Neil Tremblay said in an interview Tuesday.

"Also, we did numerous interviews of people — you know friends, family — through the schools to try and ascertain if there were other problems that were existing not online ... But we did not uncover any evidence that that was the case."

Mounties in North Battleford found the teen's body when they were called to a home early on Sept. 9.

Investigators determined during their initial investigation that his death was not suspicious or criminal in nature and that he didn't die from natural causes. But they begin investigating allegations that Loik was a victim of bullying after getting more information from his mother on Sept. 26.

Kim Loik has said the bullying started several years ago in the schoolyard and, as her son got older, the insults came through his computer and phone.

Loik said her son wouldn't let her read his Facebook page and he only shared a few of the messages he received. She described some of the insults as vile and disgusting.

Loik said she told her son to ignore the bullies and the constant barrage of insults. She said on the night of Sept. 8, he received another taunt and the next morning, she found her son dead in their home in North Battleford.

Tremblay says officers met with Loik's family to tell them about the investigation.

"It's a lot of information to take, as you can imagine. We were able to provide them with more detail than we're releasing to the media obviously," said Tremblay.

"We showed and explained everything we did and we were as thorough as possible. I'm not in a position to be able to say how they feel about the investigation. We hope that they feel that we did everything and we uncovered everything we possibly could and made a thorough and complete judgement."

 

The Canadian Press

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