Family and friends of former Levelland HS student outraged at ad

Family and friends of former Levelland HS student outraged at administrators

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LUBBOCK -

On Friday, for some in the stands at Lobo stadium it was not about what was happening on the field. They were thinking about the student missing in the crowd. Over the summer, Zane Timmons took his own life. This week, his fellow classmates wanted to honor him. However, school administrators weren't exactly on board. 

Izayah Cruz lost his best friend Zane on July 26. 

"He was just the best friend I have ever had," he said. "I can honestly truly say that. I have never had a friend like him."

Cruz said he has to keep his friend's memory alive. Zane had a brain condition. After major surgery, he got depressed and took his life.

Zane's father Joe Timmons said it was a very bad day. 

"We miss him a lot," he said.

He said his son was caring and tried to help others who were going through a hard time.

"There are some of these kids that hung around the house that wanted to end their life," he said. "They didn't think they did belong here on earth anymore. He took them in. He talked them out of it."

This week, on homecoming, friends of Zane wanted to honor and remember him by posting his artwork, and photos on the junior wall. But family friend Julie Grant said on Thursday school administrators had a different idea.

"They told them no that they couldn't put that up on the wall, that by posting pictures of Zane it would promote suicide," she said.

This decision is leaving Zane's loved ones outraged.

"I am dumbfounded," Grant said. "I don't understand their logic behind it. I mean Zane was a great kid. He deserves to be remembered. They should take this opportunity to help other students that are having problems instead of just sweeping it under the rug and try to pretend it didn't happen. It did happen."

Family friend Mandi Harner said the kids are trying to do a good thing.

"We should be proud of our babies," she said. "They are trying to do something sweet and from their heart. It got taken away from them, and it is not right."

"There are a lot of kids that are depressed," Zane's dad said. "If they don't have somebody to talk to, then we are looking at another one. If we can save one more life by doing this, then we have done our job."

The Levelland superintendent and principal at the high school were not available for an on camera interview because of homecoming.

The superintendent said they're aware of the situation and have provided counselors for students who have requested them. He said the health and safety of the students is first and foremost for the school district.

On Friday, students reportedly wanted to walk out in protest, but were not able to because the doors were blocked by police at the school. 

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