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Authorities investigate student suicide

By Alan Collins

JEMISON, AL (WBRC) - Chilton County authorities are investigating if bullying played a factor in the suicide of a Jemison High School student.

Jamie Alexnadra Moore, 15, died Wednesday morning after she jumped from a bridge on County Road 48 onto I-65 southbound.

"She was a Christian girl," said Jim Moore, Alex's father. "Decent. Not looking to see what trouble she would get into."

Jim Moore said his daughter was still grieving over the loss of her older sister, Leslie, who died in a car accident after striking a power pole in 2008. Two months later she lost her favorite dog.

Moore says his daughter left a note saying she will be with the Lord.  Moore and his wife, Jill, believe she is.

Moore and his wife says they heard of some incidents where students had made fun of Alex's weight.  Some of those incidents took place on a school bus.

"As far as the bullying incidents. We dealt with a couple of them in the school system. I talked with the bus driver and talked with the parents of one of the kids," Moore said.

Rex Rice, a classmate and friend of Alex's put out flowers at the spot where she jumped. Rex says there were bullying incidents.

"Just them messing with her," Rice said. "They throw things at her in school. People picking on her. They were terrible to her."

Jemison High School Principal Alan Thompson said counselor were on hand at the school Thursday. Thompson also told FOX6 News bullying was not a factor in Alex's suicide.

Still, other parents in Chilton County disagree.

"The only good thing coming out of this if at all, people will become aware and they need to know things are happening," Moore said.

The coroner's office said the investigation is ongoing.

"They need to talk to their mothers and fathers so a tragedy like this doesn't happen again," Harold Rice, Rex's father said.

Visitation will be at Martin's Funeral Home in Clanton. The burial will be in Springville.  

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