PRIMGHAR, Iowa --- No criminal charges are expected to filed in the case of Kenneth Weishuhn, a Primghar, Iowa, teen who family members say committed suicide because he was bullied.
Prosecutors could not find sufficient evidence to prosecute anyone for specific criminal acts against Weishuhn, 14, the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Weishuhn committed suicide April 15. Family members said the South O’Brien High School freshman was bullied at school and online after telling people he was gay.
O'Brien County Sheriff Michael Anderson said he agreed with the decision not to file charges. Laws in Iowa do not cover bullying, he said, and conduct in the case did not constitute illegal harassment.
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Weishuhn's death is a tragedy that affected the entire community, said Molly Tafoya, spokesman for gay and lesbian advocacy group One Iowa.
"We cannot lose any more young people because one loss is too many," Tafoya said in statement. "Instead, we have a responsibility as parents, teachers, individuals and community members to create communities and schools that are safe for all students. Together, we can create safe and accepting environments where young people can grow and thrive."
Weishuhn's family could not be reached for comment on the prosecutor's decision.