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Teen Ends His Lifer After Explicit Messages Between Him And Another Boy Were Shared On Social Media

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Teen Ends His Lifer After Explicit Messages Between Him And Another Boy Were Shared On Social Media

Teen Ends His Lifer After Explicit Messages Between Him And Another Boy Were Shared On Social Media

Friends and family of Channing Smith are left heartbroken and upset after learning the Tennessee teen ended his life due to social media bullying.

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According to Buzzfeed, the junior at Coffee County Central High School in Manchester, took his life Sunday night just hours after he discovered that his peers had seen sexually explicit Facebook messages between him and another male classmate.

The beloved 16-year-old had not openly discussed his sexuality or identified as LGBTQ, according to his girlfriend and brother.

“They were graphic texts and there was no room for Channing to be able to claim it was a misunderstanding,” Joshua Smith, his older brother, told BuzzFeed News. “When he saw the screenshots on social media he called some people around 10 p.m. Sunday night, freaking out. His last posting on Instagram was about people he couldn’t trust.”

Joshua said his dad found Channing after waking up and noticing his light was still on.

“The light was still on under his door when my dad got up at 4 a.m. so he went in to check on him…” Joshua Smith said. “He’s still in shock.”

Joshua, 38, believes his younger brother had a disagreement during a phone conversation with a girl hours before he died, and in retaliation she shared the messages online outing him as gay. Despite that, the family claims they were told by the investigator in Coffee County that the District Attorney’s office had decided not to pursue charges against the teenagers involved.

They now fear they may not get justice and are speaking out about the dangers of cyber-bullying.

“On behalf of our family, we all agree that our first step is to find forgiveness in our hearts to the guys and girls who did this. We want to see some action taken to show other kids that there are repercussions for their actions,” Joshua, who lives in Kentucky, told DailyMail.com.

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