HYDE PARK — Jamari Evans, the boy who attempted suicide after being bullied at his Bronzeville school, remains on life support at Comer Children’s Hospital Thursday, his family said.
Jamari has been hospitalized since February 18 after his mother and sister discovered the 11 year-old unresponsive in his bedroom.
There’s been little progress in Jamari’s condition but the family remans hopeful.
“The doctor’s have seen minimal responses, but it’s still a waiting game,” said family friend Ja’Mal Green.
In the meantime, Jamari’s family has set up a GoFundMe for his medical expenses.
“My son Jamari is now in the hospital fighting for his life, he’s on life support. Any donations for medical expenses, and therapy after care would be greatly appreciated,” Jamari’s mother Tierra Black wrote. “I thank each [and] every person who prayed for Jamari, and supported me and my son in any way.”
As of Friday morning, the family had raised $7,536. They hope to raise $25,000 to cover Jamari’s medical care and other expenses.
Black said Jamari had been the target of bullying from students and teachers at Carter G. Woodson Elementary, 4414 S. Evans Ave., since last year.
After lodging several complaints against school administrators and staff, Black believed that her complaints made her son a target for further harassment.
Family, friends, and supporters staged a protest in front of Woodson last week in hopes of getting answers. A Chicago Public School spokesperson said that they’re currently investigating the matter.
“This is a horrible tragedy, and the thoughts and prayers of the Chicago Public Schools community are with Jamari and his loved ones,” CPS spokesman Michael Passman said. “The allegations that have been made are highly concerning, and the district is conducting a full investigation.”
CPS will hold adults accountable if it’s determined that they failed to assist a student in need, officials said.