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Some teachers are questioning whether the school system did enough to help the 15-year-old boy who committed suicide on the Metro tracks last week.

Teachers say they're shocked and upset by the news of their student's suicide at the Columbia Heights Metro Station yesterday. They asked that their names not be used on the air.

One teacher who taught him in the 8th grade described him as quiet and "very very smart." She says when he moved to the 9th grade there was an incident involving "somewhat disturbing pictures" he drew. During a staff meeting, he was flagged for counseling services but she isn't sure whether he received them.

Another says when he was in the 9th grade, he was suspended for a "significant amount of time" which seemed very out of character. Teachers are also asking how he got out of the school building. Did something happen to provoke the student? How did no one notice he was gone?

A spokesperson for D.C. Public Schools says they cannot comment because it's an ongoing investigation and their crisis intervention team is working with school staff.

Kavitha Cardoza reports...

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