Sheriff Comments on Jessica Laney Suicide

Chris Nocco talked about the investigation into the suicide of Jessica Marie Laney at a press conference Wednesday.

Sheriff Chris Nocco took some time at a press conference Wednesday to address the recent death of Jessica Laney, the Hudson teenager who took her life this weekend.

Jessica committed suicide Sunday. Friends say she was bullied online. However, the sheriff’s office has not received any formal complaints about her being bullied. 

A reporter at  a press conference asked Nocco about the agency's investigation, and Nocco said that “Her death was tragic. At the same time, through our investigation, we’re realizing that there was no signs of bullying that occurred in the school.”

Deputies have also reviewed Jessica’s online interactions, but “We don’t have any indication at this time that a crime occurred.”

Watch the Youtube video of Nocco's statement for his full comments on the matter.

Samuel Clemens December 13, 2012 at 12:55 PM
As usual, these stories are sad for the families and friends of the deceased, but the the blaming of the bullies must stop. Even if the girl were "bullied" by her peers, what can law enforcement legally do to punish the so-called offenders? And I could be wrong, but I'm guessing Jessica was prescribed some type of Psychotropic drug. As with most cases involving suicide or even murder, the person committing the heinous act is usually a victim of the Big Pharma. Alex, I have no idea if there is anything mentioning the use of prescription drugs, but I would love to know is Jessica had taken any of these. People need to accept responsibility for their own actions......this blame the bully nonsense has got to stop. In all honesty, when a child commits suicide, 9 times out of 10, the parents should shoulder much of the responsibility, especially if they were brainwashed enough to allow a MD to push their drugs upon them. I could be wrong, but I'm blaming the psychotropic drugs......sadly, history has shown this to be true more often than not.
Sandi December 13, 2012 at 03:38 PM
I really object to the "blame the bully nonsens" term in your reply. REALLY???? You, sir, are totally 'off the wall'. There is nothing worse than being too young to know how to handle situations that are hurtful. Especially when these kids are demanded by law to go to school, an environment that has fostered bullying for as long as I am alive. And I am 64 years old. Add to that all the cyber - bullying, and how dare you trivialize bullying by calling it nonsense? These kids are under intense pressure. SHAME ON YOU!
Sandi December 13, 2012 at 04:02 PM
By the way, Mr. Nocco needs to "keep digging" as he puts it, but he also need to speak out STRONGLY against those who will commit bullying. He repeated himself, over and over about finding nothing, kind of fumbling around if you watch the video, but NO strong words to the kids who ARE bullying, whether in this case or not. These kids need to be WARNED about consequences. Mr. Nocco is there to serve and PROTECT and with the suicide rate in teens so high, should have taken advantage of this situation to let kids know that HE and his office will protect them. Kids should be able to anonymously report bullying of themselves and their friends, and Mr. Nocco should have a task force to talk to anyone mentioned. These bullies know that 99 times out of 100 there is no one watching. Beef up for these kids, Mr. Nocco. Some of their lives are HELL! Why are the police cars outside of the schools?
Alex Tiegen December 13, 2012 at 04:41 PM
There has been no mention of drugs,
Angie December 13, 2012 at 04:52 PM
You samuel clemens, are way out of line! First of all, you feel the parents should take responsibility? There are parents out there who raise their kids well, show them to respect others and their feelings. Teach them values and if a child is going to do something they are going to do it no matter what! It's got nothing to do with the parents or any drugs that you are insinuating she might have Been on. And that question that you ask about what are the police going to do or what can they do about bullying? The answer is a whole lot!' Bullying and suicide is not nonsense , it's a reality and it goes on all the time!! You better believe that if I were president or even a sheriff, I would punish all the bullies and jerks from this place we call a "world" starting with you!
Nicole December 13, 2012 at 05:29 PM
To all of you It seems that everyone is playing the blame game. The bullies, parents, big pharm, etc....Yet we must remember sometimes there is no reason this, this type of thing happens. It just does. Would you have the same views if it was a Juvenal in and out of trouble? Would you continue to play the blame game or would you write it off? Yet the reason for this tragedy may never been known or understood. We as a community should learn the signs (they are always there) to help a person in need. Every person despite thier background! We as a community could also be blamed for not seeing, paying attention, or understanding the signs. So, instead of placing the blame, place your efforts somewhere else. Learn the signs pay attention to those close to you.
Amy culpepper December 13, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I agree with Mr. Clemens. There was a story that stated that she threatened to commit suicide in 2011 and was baker acted. Usually when you leave The Harbor your prescribed some sort of medication of which most anti depressant drugs carry thoughts if suicide as a side effect. Every kid in school gets bullied its part of life. When I was a kid I never heard of anyone commiting suicide because of bullying. Maybe if parents teach their kids to stand up for their self and their actions and quit playing the " He called me a name" card, maybe there wouldnt be this kind of stuff in the news. You all can hate on me all you want to but im entitled to my own opinion. With that said, my opinion is if kids would just quit crying about things and stand their ground none of this would be a problem.
GA December 13, 2012 at 08:55 PM
You obviously don't have any kids. If you did, you wouldn't be saying these hurtful things about a tragic situation. And if you do, I'm assuming you're not a very good parent. The bullies ARE to blame and so are THEIR pea brain parents. But, I'm guessing you don't agree with that either? Bullies are children with low self-esteem that hurt others to make themselves feel better. And SOMETHING needs to be done about that. These BULLIES need to be corrected and our children need to be educated. Bullies clearly aren't.
cindy December 14, 2012 at 03:58 AM
You should be ashamed of your comments. Children today are faced with a multitude of problems that did not exist years ago, primarily due to 'social media' and the internet. Children no longer fight in the school yard but hide behind their computer spewing names. Young girls are especially succeptable to this kind of harrassment as they try to 'fit in'. There is plenty of bullying going on in our schools where our children should be protected. The schools ARE NOT REPORTING IT!!! Crawl out from under the rock you are under and open your eyes. Do not blame the parents or the drugs you are assuming this young teen is on. She was fragile, had low self esteem, and was coaxed into commiting this act. Pray for her family.
Sandi December 14, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Sounds like you are Kindred Spirits. So the fault, to you, doesn't lie with the BULLIES! REALLY??? You are the type of people that foster this kind of bullying behavior. Sounds like bullies never grow up. Frankly, the old saying "walk a mile in my shoes" applies here. Do you know what it's like for these kids today? Watch one of the movies regarding this subject or the NEWS??? ANY bad behavior should be eliminated in schools and elsewhere. This bullying has got to stop.BULLIES should spend a little time in JUVEY and learn how it feels to be bullied. School should be a protected area where CHILDREN go to learn. Remember these are CHILDREN? And an attitude "stand up for their self"- Maybe they should go steal a gun somewhere and bring it to school and shoot the kids that bully them ??????? Is that sufficient? Too much?? Maybe the parents should become so frustrated that they get on the bus to protect their special needs child?? Or MAYBE, as I stated in an earlier comment, the sheriff's office should handle these bullies. I hope they're listening and reading these comments, especially the oneS that blame the kids that are being bullied. BEING BULLIED SHOULD NOT BE PART OF LIFE. BULLIES should not be part of children's lives. You are NOT entitled to an opinion that hurts kids. And kids who are NOT bullies but are being bullied are NOT the problem. Adults who condone bullying or look the other way. THEY are the "PROBLEM". Try being part of the solution - not part of the problem.
Samuel Clemens December 18, 2012 at 05:26 AM
Alex, as Amy stated, she was Baker Acted.......therefore there's no way she wasn't prescribed psychotropic drugs. Of course the investigation will fail to highlight pharmaceuticals, but to those of us paying attention, it's painfully obvious what contributes to these outcomes. We need to get the dialogue changed in this country. You are a journalist, Alex, are you aware of all this insanity? www.ssristories.com/index.php
Samuel Clemens December 18, 2012 at 05:29 AM
GA, please inform me as to how I am being "hurtful?" Is it because the truth hurts......or is it because what I am saying is foreign to you, so your programmed response is defensive? I'm always blown away by others ability to assume so much based on a few comments......the moment you assume as you did, you lose credit with a truly conscious person. Heck, I'm aware I'm wasting my time responding to you, but I'm not here to grandstand, I'm attempting to educate others as to where they should focus their anger. GA, I'm curious, if you are married and your significant other cheats on you can we force the responsibility away from the one who actually CHOSE to commit adultery? Per say it was your husband.....oh, he was flattered daily by his mistress, she continued to put those uplifting words into his ear. She was the one who tempted him with her words, therefore he's not responsible.....and did I mention she flattered him because he CHOSE to stop by her place of employment everyday. He CHOSE to drive his car and stop by to hear those flattering words. You surely wouldn't fault the husband for straying......would you? I hate to speak personally about a situation, but according to reports, Jessica CHOSE to get on the website to read the insults. Did these bullies.......the ones you are blaming......did they force her to visit this site? Did they force her to read the insults? It's a helluva lot different than people being pr!cks at school.
Samuel Clemens December 18, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Continue to read the reports, she threatened suicide for not being allowed to leave the house. Should we blame her parents since her statement was directed towards them and their actions toward her? Or was it the bullies fault she wasn't allowed to leave the house? Obviously she was very troubled to be threatening suicide over this. Which leads me to my original post; Psychotropic drugs are almost always involved in these tragedies. Do you have any idea what a psychotropic drug is? Do a little research into every mass killing and most suicides and you will see the use of pharmaceutical drugs during the lifetime of the assailants. The use of pharmaceuticals alters the brain chemistry in individuals. Freaking do some reading every once in a while instead of bashing me for being informed. Since you guys are obviously good parents, I'm guessing you will read some what I provide so you can actually protect yourselves and your own children from the madness being pushed upon us. I know I actually educate my 4 children to the realities of the world. To be honest, if one of my children committed suicide, I would feel like such a failure as a parent, but I boldly state I do not have to worry about that because our children love and know they are loved. They are taught to be responsible individuals; they are taught how "others" behave and act and they are so highly educated my 15 year old son corrects his teachers. My children will not be sheep for the wolves.
Samuel Clemens December 18, 2012 at 05:39 AM
Tell me if you see a theme in this guide from the FDA: www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm088660.pdf Robert Whitaker has a well researched book shedding light on pharmaceutical use, here's a very informative and short read of his findings: www.cchr.org/sites/default/files/Anatomy_of_an_Epidemic_Psychiatric_Drugs_Rise_of_Mental_Illness.pdf Spend a couple days reading all the stories confirming exactly what I have stated: www.ssristories.com www.ssristories.com/index.php These drugs are no joke. If you want to place the blame, they are the culprit....especially when you read the tell tale signs of Jessica reportedly being very happy before her death. Do some reading for yourself to see I am speaking the truth, even though it's not what you are used to hearing.....but don't worry, the truth is slowly coming out, so eventually you will join in with righteous anger against those pushing these deadly drugs on our society. These pharmaceuticals destroy lives and nobody ever goes to jail. I wonder how many of your relatives were affected by this fraud via local MD's.........with no investigation by the Sheriff dept. www.nytimes.com/2012/07/03/business/glaxosmithkline-agrees-to-pay-3-billion-in-fraud-settlement.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 Wake up.
Samuel Clemens December 18, 2012 at 05:50 AM
And for you who think I am clueless to "bullies" and cannot read I said the BLAMING is nonsense, not the behavior.....let me clue you in on what I had to grow up with. My father is an Educator and a coach. I was always around the sports teams growing up and as I grew, I constantly had to deal with being picked on by older players who didn't like my dad; I also had to deal with the parents of older students and athletes who shared the disliking...nothing I was unable to handle, but beyond frustrating to say the least. I transferred to my rival school for my Jr. season of football.....made plenty of friends, won plenty of awards. Well thanks to my ability to play football, and my dad's inability to play politics, I got to deal with our lives being played out via the local newspaper. A petition was passed around the community to have every game tape reviewed to confirm the amount of tackles for each player; I was the leading tackler and they assumed the stats were doctored. They actually reviewed every single play for the season and had a large group of viewers confirm each and every tackle and much to their surprise, I was one of the only people to have been shorted. Their hypothesis was quite flawed and little did people know, the petition was actually to have my father fired.
Samuel Clemens December 18, 2012 at 06:05 AM
So I'm a 17 year old having to go to pointless viewings, board meetings, public meetings, all the while I am having to deal with much ridicule as my family and I are written about in the local newspaper. I had to publicly speak for myself and my father...deal with physical threats...had parents insult me...many players that were supposedly friends became enemies and wanted to fight.....all over freaking high school football. I seriously went through so much crap because my father taught and coached all over the area...I did make many friends from this, but simply having the same last name created many enemies/"bullies" And you know what, the entire time I was dealing with the juvenile antics of adults, I realized THEY were the ones who had the problem, not I. I was 17 and I was more mature than most of them, which lead another to speak so highly of me in the paper, I still remember all the compliments. Do not ask me how or why, but I seriously was wise enough to realize all the people bashing me couldn't actually hurt me....even if they did physically. I did not enjoy much of that time, but I am quite thankful it happened. If I gave these people any authority over me, I could have been another victim like Jessica, but thankfully I was able to endure and never made her decision........even thought I about ending my life a few years later. Stop blaming others and start loving all. You hate what's going on in the schools, have you ever volunteered??
Sandi December 18, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Mr. Clemens, sounds like your son is a chip off the old block with arrogance enough to correct his teachers. Little lack of respect and KNOW-IT-ALL attitude like his dear old DAD. Somehow we can't feel as badly for you as other kids who are bullied.You ought to expand your EDUCATION to include the incident rate of bullying to suicides and near suicides AT THIS TIME. Times, they are a-changing, and bullying has a lot to do with teen suicide, their dropping out of school, etc. Maybe they didn't have a father that is being bullied at the same time they are, a co-bully about FOOTBALL, but whatever their circumstances, cyber bullying is very real and hurtful. Your cure by telling us that she shouldn't have gone on the site - OH HOW INTUITIVE THAT IS - And maybe she shouldn't have gone to school either. You are a self-righteous pompous individual, and again, I repeat. Realization is half-way to correction. And although many horrific events involve anti-depressants (OH and by the way, most of us already knew that.) we have to recognize the very real threat of bullying. JUST BECAUSE YOU SURVIVED IT, DOESN'T GIVE YOU THE RIGHT TO DISMISS IT. Most of us can tell YOU our stories which were not about stupid football, but about being poor or of another race or other real problems, and we survived, but unlike you, we want to be part of the solution. SHUT UP!
Sandi December 18, 2012 at 06:20 PM
OH, I GET IT.Now it wasn't the parents fault, it was JESSICA'S fault. I WANT TO PUKE!
Tim December 19, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Wise enough to know "these" people could not hurt you physically? Tell that to a kid that has 6 or more on one person beating them at the same time. I too Mr. Clemens remember going to school here as well. We had four to five bad kids that everybody feared. Now it is over half of the school. As far as Jessica, you obviously did not know her or her family, and the venom you are spewing here is uncalled for. She was bright, pretty, and a good athlete, not a pillhead who had to be constantly adjusted. Her parents are good people-hard working business owners who deserve a lot more respect than you are giving them here. The fact that you say your 15 yr old corrects teachers speaks volumes. You are proud of this? Your theory here has some merit, but not in Jessica's case. The fact that you did not become a "Jessica" means that you were a stronger person in that facet of life. However, it gives you no right to judge, and insult those around you because they were not. The Laney Family is hurting enough without your self centered, overbearing thoughts to make it worse.
Samuel Clemens December 19, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Reading comprehension skills is definitely lacking around here. The self centered ones are those who simply want to glaze over what is really ailing many today. If Jessica was Baker acted, she was prescribed pharmaceuticals. Unlike others, I am not insulting any person................but simply bringing to light that which usually remains in the dark. It's not a theory; it's reality. I'm curious, what does her parents being business owners have to do with anything? Unlike you guys......who are casting stones at me.....I am not judging anybody, but rather I am attempting to inject truth into these stories. Simply placing the blame on others isn't creating any solutions, but simply more problems. Did you guys even glance at the links I provided? Jessica's reported story has all the tell tale signs of which I speak.....but since it's easier to never have any personal responsibility in our country, let's collectivise and blame the bullies. And yes, I am extremely proud of my son being educated enough to know when his teachers stated unfactual info. Do you really want educators teaching something that isn't true? Really? And I have something wrong with me? FYI: Unlike you are wrong with your thinking here, these teachers were HUMBLE enough to look into what my son provided and HUMBLE enough to admit the class they were wrong, followed with an apology to my son. Yep, we definitely don't want people like him or myself speaking the truth.
Samuel Clemens December 19, 2012 at 02:47 AM
I'd love for you bashers to take a step back and re-read your comments to see you guys are exhibiting bully behavior yourself. You are attacking me for having thoughts or ideas different than yours. If I chose to kill myself tonight, could I blame you guys for disrespecting my family and myself?? "Truth is Treason in the Empire of Lies" "In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act" Be thankful there are people like me who are ONLY interested in the truth....even if much ridicule accompanies it.
Tim December 20, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Mr. Clemens, After this posting, I will not give you one more second of my time. The whole point of my posting is that I know the Laney Family very well, and that your assumptions are wrong. You can write what you want, and try to force you opinion on everyone; once again, in the end you are wrong. I hope that one day you don't face the loss of a child, and have someone of your likeness showing you the same compassion you showed here. Save it and find another audience; you wore it out here. Have a nice day.
Christopher Mahan April 01, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Please, all of you visit and support crazy8freedom.org. We started this web site and the Stop the pain movement on Dec 10 2012, after learning of this tragic death of Jessica. We may never know the whys to death or the whats that led up to her actions. To be honest bullies do harm many teens today. The bully is usually a bullied person and therefore needs a victim to feel better about their own life. We also have "attention" grabbing teens that know how to use the system to get what they want. We also have absent parents that have know idea who their child really is mentally. We can as a society sit and point the finger and act like we are perfect all day. The fact is Jessica is gone as well as 12 other teens in the last two years. In 2012, Pasco lost 107 people of all ages to suicide. As Sheriff Nocco stated "this is a community problem". We all need to buck up and get busy to stop this idea in our teens that death is an answer to any problem. To help visit crazy8freedom.org and get involved. One day we may be discussing someone from your family on the Patch, let us hope not, but one never knows. God Bless! Chris Mahan Co-founder crazy8freedom.org


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