Jacob Rogers on Wednesday took his own life after suffering years of bullying, NBC affiliate WSMV reported.

Friends of Jacob, a senior at Cheatham County Central High School in Ashland City, Tennessee, say the teen suffered years of torment.

“He started coming home his senior year saying 'I don't want to go back. Everyone is so mean. They call me a faggot, they call me gay, a queer,'” friend Kaelynn Mooningham told the network. “Jacob told me no one was helping him. He constantly was going to guidance.”

Tim Webb, director of Cheatham County Schools, said the school only knew of one instance of bullying.

“Subsequently after that, she ran into the student and asked him if things were better and he indicated that things were better,” Webb said.

Jacob, who lived with his grandmother, quit going to school around Thanksgiving.

“It just doesn't have to make sense,” Kaelynn said. “How many kids have to die before Cheatham does something.” (A video report is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Several blogs, including Towleroad, Joe My God and The Stranger's Slog, have started collecting donations to help cover expenses for Jacob's funeral. You can help by going here.