- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Relatives of a Missouri teen whose suicide led to criminal charges against a woman accused of harassing him say it is “long overdue that the issue of bullying be brought to light.”

The Columbia Daily Tribune (https://bit.ly/2lQBBfu ) reports that Mike and Angela Suttner also said in the statement released Tuesday that they hope people can “work together to make change” and that there will be no “negative backlash” in the community. Their 17-year-old son, Kenneth Suttner, killed himself in December.

Their statement was released as 21-year-old Harley Branham made her first court appearance on a second-degree involuntary manslaughter charge. She managed the Dairy Queen in Fayette where Suttner worked.

Her attorney, Jeff Hilbrenner, called the case “a tough situation for everyone” and said his client feels badly about Suttner’s death.


Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, https://www.columbiatribune.com

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