Father of 15-year-old suicide victim speaks out

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Fifteen-year-old Hannah Pauley committed suicide on October 25 after what her father said was because of bullying.

Len Pauley, Hannah's father, said a majority of the bullying toward Hannah was by students from Barbe High School, resulting in Hannah transferring to St. Louis High School.

"She would come home a lot and say people would call her and say things and have text messages," he said. "Just some nasty words." Len said it was constant and Hannah endured plenty.

He said if he would have known that the bullying would have lead to Hannah's suicide, he would have stepped in and got her the help she needed.

"She was outgoing, very talented, very athletic and an absolutely beautiful girl," Len said. "[She] loved her church and had God in her life."

Currently the case is under investigation by Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.

"I don't ever want another parent to have to walk in my shoes," he said. "I wish kids could understand that there are other outs. There are other ways to handle this."

The funeral was held on Sunday, October 30 and more than 2,000 friends and family members went.

"She was my world. She meant everything to me," Hannah's father said. "She was loved."

To see and hear more from Len Pauley, watch the attached video.

If you or someone you know is suicidal, call 1-800-273-TALK(8255).

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