GREENWICH, Conn. (WTNH)-- A 15-year-old from Greenwich used a gun to take his own life, after friends say he was bullied relentlessly. Tonight police say no charges will be filed.
Just because no criminal charges have been filed does not mean no wrong doings were committed. That's why many Greenwich teens say they've stepped up.
News 8 spoke with one young man who says seeing the change has helped him heal.
A bright future stood in front of 15-year-old Bart Palosz, but he couldn't see it.
"Everyone was kind of hit by it 'cause Bart was a really good kid and everyone like him, but some kids just weren't nice to him at all," said Nick Marchak, a sophomore.
Police say he took his own life after the first day of his sophomore year at Greenwich High School. Friends say he was taunted, teased and tormented.
"I felt like I could have done something more," said Marchak.
It's left many questioning what they could have done.
The school spokesperson says they launched a hotline and email address to report concerns. Students have stepped up forming clubs.
Carolyn Paletta says one links the freshmen with the seniors.
"It seems like it's a really good idea to reach out to the freshman at the beginning of high school so you can feel a more a part of the community from the beginning, versus just going through and feeling like you belong here," said Paletta.
Students News 8 spoke to say they still see bullying but they've noticed less.
"It can't keep happening. We can't keep losing lives like just in my high school career alone two kids have committed suicide already and that's crazy. That shouldn't happen," said Paige Neary.
Marchak agrees. He says the transformation he's seen has helped heal after the tragic loss.
"I feel like everyone's changed a little bit around here," said Marchak. "If you see progress, it gets easier to cope with it."
The town's legal department is looking at Bart's history at the school district.
GREENWICH, Conn. (WTNH) -- Greenwich police have finished their investigation into the death of a 15-year-old boy, and concluded that his death was a suicide.
Bart Palosz, a Greenwich High sophomore, killed himself after the first day of class in August.
Family and others who knew Palosz said he had been a victim of bullying. Police said their investigation found "no criminal aspects" to the case, and it did not uncover why Palosz took his own life.
"The death of a teenager in such a tragic manner is a serious public health issue which the general public, public officials, and professionals in the health and human service community need to work together to reduce," LT. Kraig Gray said in an statement Friday.
Police said no other information will be released.
In a statement emailed to News 8, Greenwich Public Schools Superintendent William S. McKersie said the town's Legal Department is still conducting its own investigation into Palosz's "experience as a student" in the Greenwich school system.
"Since the beginning of the school year, we have been reviewing our current program to identify enhancements and improvements," McKersie said. "Some Changes have already been made. The high school has launched a dedicated hotline and email address that has already been used to report students' concerns."
On Wednesday, Oct. 23, the second of two forums for parents on bullying and cyber-bullying will be held. Sponsored by JCC Greenwich, it's scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Greenwich Civic Center on Harding Road. For more information visit jccgreenwich.org.
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