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Derek, I'm in the same position kinda, really, I see no more point in living, all my parents do is nag me to hell and put so much damn pressure on me and its stressing me out extremely, I've been failing school etc..
But, I don't want someone like you to do this, your a great friend, and I'm going to help the best I can.
Ok, about missing some days, try and get some more sleep, go to bed a bit earlier and get more sleep, you'll feel a lot better and you wont miss the bus a lot.
If they try making you repeat Seventh grade, stand up for yourself, PROVE to them you don't need to repeat or any crap like that. Study more, get better grades and show those teachers you don't need to repeat.
Tell them that's all in the past, and its not the past anymore, its now, tell them you can change. Don't skip, I've been down that road, and its not a good one.
About your brother, tell your parents about what he's doing, or, simply stand up for yourself and pretty much show him the fist to the face and tell him to stop being an ass to you and back off.
I really hope I helped. Please reconsider doing this Derek, you have a lot to live for at a young age, don't let these obstacles in life stand in your way.
Well, thanks everyone. I saw a counselor on Wednesday, and I feel better. I still don't feel my usual self, but I don't find suicide an option anymore.
Thanks for the support everyone. And I'll deal with my brother one way or another. . . he's gone for two weeks to see his dad, so, I guess it's calm for now.