Community gathers to remember bullied teen

Community gathers to remember bullied teen

Posted:
Kaine was 13 years old. He attended Northwest Elementary School in Knox County. Kaine was 13 years old. He attended Northwest Elementary School in Knox County.
"If you were having a bad day you could go to Kaine because he would talk to you about it, and make you feel better about what's going wrong," classmate Julie Smith said. "If you were having a bad day you could go to Kaine because he would talk to you about it, and make you feel better about what's going wrong," classmate Julie Smith said.
"He loved everybody he ever met," Breeden (right) said. "He would never talk bad about anyone." "He loved everybody he ever met," Breeden (right) said. "He would never talk bad about anyone."

KNOX COUNTY (WATE) - Friends and family gathered on Saturday to remember the life of a Knox County teenager who died earlier in the week.

Kaine Breeden committed suicide on Tuesday. Classmates said he was a victim of bullying, something unknown to his relatives.

"Kids started coming to us, telling us he was bulled at school," Lisa Napier, Kaine's aunt said. "He never once said anything about being bulled."

Dozens of family and friends rallied outside of Northwest Middle School, where Kaine attended seventh grade, in the hopes of celebrating his life and also raising awareness of the effects of bullying.

Kaine's mother, Misty Breeden, remembers her son as a kind-hearted boy hesitant to say a bad word about anyone.

"He loved everybody he ever met," Breeden said. "He would never talk bad about anyone."

Classmate Julie Smith remembers Kaine fondly.

"The sweetest boy you could ever talk to," Smith said. "If you were having a bad day you could go to Kaine because he would talk to you about it, and make you feel better about what's going wrong." 

Misty said Kaine left a picture before he died, his hands pointing down with the words "bullying, not cool" written on it.

The family is taking donations online for Kaine's funeral. They say if there is anything left, they hope to start a foundation in his name to prevent others from the same fate.

You can donate by clicking here.

Powered by WorldNow

1306 N. Broadway NE Knoxville,
Tennessee 37917

Telephone: 865.637.NEWS(6397)
Fax: 865.525.4091
Email: newsroom@wate.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Knoxville, Inc. A Media General Company.