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Canada ‘Everyone failed my son’: Mother of slain Hamilton teen speaks out about bullying

23:10  09 october  2019
23:10  09 october  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

Mourners wear pink in stand against bullying at slain Hamilton teen's funeral

  Mourners wear pink in stand against bullying at slain Hamilton teen's funeral HAMILTON — Many mourners grew teary-eyed and wore pink in support of anti-bullying campaigns as they gathered Saturday for the funeral of a 14-year-old boy who was stabbed to death outside his school in Hamilton. Devan Bracci-Selvey was killed on Monday in an attack that unfolded in front of his mother after what his family described as weeks of bullying. An obituary for the boy described him as a loyal friend with a passion for old cars, video games and animals.Dozens of drivers in classic muscle cars and an anti-bullying motorcycle club came to take part in the funeral procession, donning pink bands on their vehicles in solidarity with bullying victims.

a close up of a man in glasses looking at the camera: Sheri-Ann Selvey speaks with reporters on Wednesday. © Global News Sheri-Ann Selvey speaks with reporters on Wednesday.

Devan Selvey's life was cut short in all aspects: he was afraid to go to school and tired of bullies, and his mother appeared to be the only one in his corner as he battled through life as a 14-year-old boy.

"He lost all opportunities. He's never going to grow up. He's never going to get married. He's never going to know what it's like to be a father," Selvey's mother, Shari-Ann Selvey, said.

Selvey was fatally stabbed in front of his mother outside Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School on Monday. She said he was taunted, chased around the corner, sprayed with what is believed to be bear mace and then stabbed in the back while trying his best to get into her car and escape to safety.

Devan Selvey, fatally stabbed at his Hamilton school, remembered as sweet, respectful teen

  Devan Selvey, fatally stabbed at his Hamilton school, remembered as sweet, respectful teen Devan Selvey's family describes him as shy, quiet boy who loved animals and hoped to become a mechanic someday. The 14-year-old was killed outside his Hamilton high school Monday.But he also suffered at the hands of bullies.

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"When he called me to say that they were bothering him at the school, I went over there and then my life fell apart," Shari-Ann said, trying to hold back tears.

"Everyone failed my son -- even I did. I tried to save him and I couldn't. I couldn't get to him in time."

Two teens have been arrested in connection with Devan's death, a 14-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man. The suspects are facing first-degree murder charges.

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Two other teens were arrested Tuesday, but Hamilton police said they were released without being charged and under no conditions.

"I haven't slept. I haven't eaten. Every time I close my eyes it's there, so I don't close my eyes," Shari-Ann said. 

Hamilton school board to review anti-bullying practices after teen fatally stabbed

  Hamilton school board to review anti-bullying practices after teen fatally stabbed A board spokesperson says staff have already begun a "school-level" investigation into the "behaviours" of teens arrested after the fatal stabbing of Devan Bracci-Selvey, including a 16-year-old boy and girl who were released Tuesday. But the board will wait to hear from police before beginning its investigation into the 14-year-old and 18-year-old charged with first-degree murder. All five of those investigated are current or former students at Churchill. Shari-Ann Selvey, Devan's mother, was there when he was attacked.

Since Devan's death, questions have been raised surrounding what the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) did and didn't do to address the family's concerns about bullying. Shari-Ann said numerous complaints were made and a friend of the family lodged a complaint with police.

Manny Figueiredo, the HWDSB's director of Education, said all of the information is being provided to police. But he would not comment on how the board responded to the complaints, citing an ongoing investigation.

"Bullying doesn't happen in the isolation of the school and I keep reminding people bullying is becoming more complex especially with the digital world because we know from the research bullying is prevented when A) there's an adult present and B) when bystanders stand up, and we need to continue to work through that," Figueiredo explained.

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  ‘His last words will forever inspire me’: Hamilton teen’s murder helping others targeted by bullies "Devan stood up for himself but he stood up for others more than he did himself, he would put others way before him," his best friend told Global News."Devan stood up for himself but he stood up for others more than he did himself, he would put others way before him," said Mikey Wager, the 14-year-old's friend since the pair were in junior kindergarten.

HWDSB officials encouraged anyone with information about not just Devan's murder, but bullying in general, to contact police and the school board so that every potential lead can be followed up.

Shari-Ann encouraged people to standup when bullying occurs.

"More people need to stand up and stop being bystanders. There's no such things as rats anymore. My son was a toothpick and he stood up for people," she said..

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Those who loved the 14-year-old said they are heartbroken that such a good boy full of life and admiration for others seemingly fell between the cracks.

"Why was I the only person that had his back?" Shari-Ann said.

A vigil is scheduled to be held for Devan Wednesday evening.

Police arrest two more suspects, identify victim in Hamilton high school stabbing .
Police say a 16-year-old male and a 16-year-old female were arrested Tuesday in connection to the fatal stabbing at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School.Det. Sgt. Steve Bereziuk revealed in a news conference Tuesday that a 16-year-old male and a 16-year-old female had been arrested for first-degree murder on Tuesday morning and investigators say they are "satisfied" the two are the outstanding suspects described by police on Monday night.

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