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Father of local high school student raises awareness following her suicide

Hannah Cousins and her father (Photo: Cousins family via Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Home)

DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- A family is searching for answers after a 17-year-old Tunstall High School student committed suicide.

Hannah Cousins, a senior at the school, took her life Monday morning.

Her family said Hannah was bullied.

Her father, Justin Cousins, joined with Compassion Church in Danville Wednesday night to honor her memory and raise awareness.

"Find somebody to talk to, get it out it doesn't matter whether it's a parent if you can't go to your parent, go to a friend, go to somebody to get it out there to get help, even if you have to go see a counselor, go get help so we don't lose another child to bullying," Cousins said.

He said Hannah never told him she was bullied, but her friends noticed it from time to time.

The Pittsylvania County Schools Superintendent said that he could not comment on whether or not Hannah was bullied.

However, the school plans to look into what happened due to a zero tolerance for bullying.

A visitation for Hannah will be held November 16 at Compassion Church beginning at 5 p.m. and her funeral will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the same location.

The national suicide prevention lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK.

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