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17-year-old kills himself after years of bullying that school did nothing about, parents say

The parents of a 17-year-old boy say he killed himself after years of bullying his school did nothing about. (Image source: News12 Long Island video screenshot)

Angelo Callazo, 17, had "really bad" scoliosis and needed to wear a back brace — and for that his classmates would "punch him, kick him, call him 'cripple,'" his mother told News12 Long Island.

Their bullying against her only child went on for years at school, Angie Collazo added to the station: "They were horrible to him ... they were so cruel."

Image source: News12 Long Island video screenshot

It started when Angelo was in fifth grade, she told News12, and was still going on this year — his senior year at Hicksville High School on New York's Long Island.

"One time when he was in the eighth grade boys pulled his pants down in the cafeteria," Angelo's mother added to the station, "and ... he did tell me on Monday those same boys that bothered him and did that to him were in one of his English classes. And he didn't want to go to English anymore."

Angie Collazo told News 12 she reported the incidents to school administrators multiple times, but they failed to act.

"Once I reported it, two weeks later he was beat up," she added to the station. "So really, the school did nothing."

Image source: News12 Long Island video screenshot

Angelo committed suicide last Thursday by stepping in front of a train, News12 reported — and his mother as well as his father, Hector Collazo, blame their son's suicide on the bullying and the school district.

"I'm just devastated," Angie Collazo told the station. Hector Collazo told News12 the circumstances are "unbearable."

Image source: News12 Long Island video screenshot

The school district wouldn't address the accusations by Angelo's parents, the station said, but did issue a statement extending condolences to the family and saying a crisis intervention team would be available for students in need of support.

Image source: News12 Long Island video screenshot

Holding a photo of his deceased son, Hector Collazo told New12 he had a message to bullies and their parents: "Maybe you should think about it next time before somebody that you know loses their life, like my son did."

Image source: News12 Long Island video screenshot

Angelo's parents said the school district should be held accountable.

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