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Chloe Fitton. Source: Facebook Chloe Fitton. Source: Facebook
LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

A Lamar County teen has been charged with cyber-stalking after a suicide prompted a criminal investigation.

The 14-year-old, who is not being identified, because he is a minor, was charged Monday morning by Lamar County authorities, with one count of felony cyber-stalking.

The investigation started after Chloe Fitton, 18, a senior at Oak Grove High School committed suicide. Fitton was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday, Nov. 2, according to Lamar County Coroner Cody Creel.

“We did get enough information to charge the juvenile in this case,” Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said. “We did get a lot of help from the school and social media, and we are supportive of the school in their zero tolerance when it comes to bullying."

The juvenile, who is a freshman at Oak Grove High School, will be housed at the Jones County Juvenile Detention Center until his hearing.

“We will not tolerate bullying in any form; there is no place for it,” Lamar County Superintendent Tess Smith said. “A lot of times, things are very difficult to track, social media as prevalent as it is kids are very sharp in how to hide that using anonymous accounts and things; if we can follow it to the source we will most definitely do that.”

Rigel said, “We will do anything we can to support the school district and the prosecution in the case."

The teen is expected to make his initial appearance Wednesday morning in Lamar County Youth Court for a detention hearing.

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