Boy, 12, takes life after friends say he was bullied for being a cheerleader

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FOLSOM, Calif. -- A 12-year-old boy is being mourned after committing suicide, reportedly over being bullied.

According to KTXL, it's believed that Ronin Shimizu took his own life because of being taunted after joining the cheerleading squad at Folsom Middle School.

Ronin left the school to be home schooled after being teased.

“Bullying him because of cheerleading, it’s not right.  It’s what he loves to do and that’s a human right to do that,” 11-year-old Mia Kleinbardt told KTXL.

His school district said they were aware of allegations of bullying in Ronin's case, and that all allegations of bullying are always investigated.

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