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Family, friends: Bullying led to teen's suicide attempt

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Dillan Custer, 15, is clinging to life after his friends and family say he tried to kill himself after he was bullied at his high school. Dillan Custer, 15, is clinging to life after his friends and family say he tried to kill himself after he was bullied at his high school.
To help bring awareness to bullying, family and friends of Dillan Custer are starting a blue ribbon campaign. To help bring awareness to bullying, family and friends of Dillan Custer are starting a blue ribbon campaign.
RIPLEY, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Dillan Custer, 15, is clinging to life after his friends and family say he tried to kill himself after he was bullied at his high school.

Family members say the teen is one of the best students around.

"He's a really sweet, mild mannered kid. Just happy all the time," said his cousin, Lindsey Underwood.

Last Wednesday, Dillan's family says several students at Ripley High School threatened to kill him.

"Every child deals with this issue and it upsets me," said family friend Kelli Scallions. "It takes something this serious to bring awareness to the problem."

Friends say Dillan skipped class and came home. They say when he got home, he hanged himself in his closet.

Dillan is now on life support at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.

"He's still critical right now but we're hoping the good Lord will bring him back to us," Scallions added.

To help bring awareness to bullying, family and friends of Dillan Custer are starting a blue ribbon campaign.

They are decorating the town with blue bows and adorning themselves with blue ribbons to raise awareness.

"We're all trying to make sure that kids know that if there's an issue going on at the schools or on the bus or anywhere, tell someone so something can be done about it," said Scallions.

District Attorney Mike Dunavant is working with the school system to investigate the incident.

If you would like to donate to help Dillan and his family, you can visit any Bank of Ripley branch and donate to the Fund for Dillan Custer.

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