Family addresses rumors in teen's suicide death

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC-TV) – Family and friends of Dustin "Cole" Johnson filed into the Hixson Funeral Home for visitation services on Sunday.

Johnson, 13, took his own life Thursday morning in a shooting at St. Theodore Holy Family Catholic School in Moss Bluff.

Ever since the shooting many have wondered what drove the teenager to take his life. One thing the family said wasn't a factor at all was bullying.

"There's rumors that he was being harassed or bullied at school and that in fact is not accurate," said counselor and family spokesperson Koni Bridges. "There were just some inner struggles that Cole had that he just didn't quite know how to deal with them."

Losing a child would be rough on any family. That's why the Johnson Family would like to thank the community for its outpouring of support.

And for those fighting their own internal battles, Johnson's death may serve as a reminder that help is available.

"If there are struggles we're going through, we need to be able to reach out, reach down deep in our faith for the answers and direction and to reach out for other people for that support and that direction when we're struggling with something and not feel like we have to go it alone," said Bridges.

Classes at Holy Family Catholic School were suspended after the shooting. Classes resume this week.

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