While social media can be overwhelming and frustrating at times, when used in the right way, it can really be informative and make a difference. I was reminded of this over the weekend while scrolling through Instagram. A guy who I follow shared a story from the Guardian that detailed the death of Lennon Lacy, a 17-year-old teen from Bladenboro, North Carolina who was found hanged on Friday, August 29. I hadn’t heard of this story anywhere else, but I knew it was a story that needed to be shared.
According to his father, Larry Walton, he was one of the last people to see Lacy alive. Around midnight on that Friday, Walton got up to get a glass of water and saw his son, in his room, preparing his football uniform for the first football game of the season–which would happen later that day. A starting linebacker on the varsity team at his local high school, Lacy had reportedly been training all summer to do big things on the field. He hoped to have such an impact that he would get a football scholarship for college, and find his way into the NFL in the future. Lacy had big dreams and plans for himself, but he wasn’t able to see them through. According to Walton, after telling Lacy he should to go to bed, he heard the front door open and close. Walton didn’t think much of it and went back to bed. But the next morning, Lacy’s mother found her son’s uniform still on his bed and the police at her door. The teen, known in the neighborhood for being a polite and “well-mannered” young man involved at his church, was found hanging from a wooden swing set a quarter mile away from his family’s home in Bladenboro, near a trailer park.
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