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12-Year-Old Girl with Special Needs Reportedly Took Her Own Life After Being Bullied, and Now Her Parents Are Now Looking for Justice

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A 12-year-old student from Nashville, Tennessee was reportedly driven to suicide after being bullied by several of her classmates. According to reports, the young girl had special needs.

Tarhiya Sledge was a student at J.F. Kennedy Middle School in Tennessee, WKRN reports. Sledge took her own life on November 18. Her family told authorities that this was her second suicide attempt.

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The Family Says the Girl’s School Knew She Was Being Bullied But Didn’t Nothing

Her family also claimed that Sledge had been bullied at school by several members of the football team and cheerleading squad. In a lawsuit the girl’s parents are considering, they say the school district discriminated against Sledge and failed to protect her despite knowing the bullying she had been subjected to.

In an interview with WKRN, the family’s attorney Roland Mumford said Sledge was even subjected to physical abuse as well. “Physical assault, for example, there’s an allegation that a trash can had been thrown at her, another incident where her hair had been pulled so hard that the hair locks came out and nothing was done.”

He continued, saying, “The mother put the JFK middle school on notice in writing, email, and in-person countless times in the last 90 days and they failed to take action.” The Metro-Nashville Public School district revealed in a statement that after having 13 cases of bullying were reported this year alone, only two of the cases had been confirmed.

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However, it’s unclear if any of those cases involved Sledge. But Mumford claims he has found six names of students that may have been involved in the bullying that reportedly lead Sledge to take her own life. The school district said they have since met with members of the cheerleading squad “to help them better deal with thoughts and feelings.”

In a Facebook post, the child’s mother remembered her daughter, telling the world that Tarhiya had a good life and always had a smile on her face no matter what she was going through.

“My baby had the GREATEST life! My baby Tarhiya always carried a smile! My baby never walked around angry! Never! When you looked at Tarhiya, she was ALWAYS full of life! A smile was never forced on her. What you seen is what you got! I did a darn good job as her mother! She did every sport she could think of. My baby did it all! From tap, jazz, ballet, basketball, cheerleading, hip hop, mime, and even 5k marathons. My baby, she travelled the world. Most recently, we went to Jamaica and Grand Cayman Islands this summer. She went to Mardi Gras this year…and went to the U.S. Capitol, visited the White House. If you seen me anywhere, I always had/have my kids.”

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And in a separate post, the mom asked fellow parents of JFK students to reach out to her if their child ever witnessed her daughter being bullied. The mom wrote:

“If you are a parent that has a child that goes to JFK, and your child has witnessed my daughter Tarhiya being bullied at school, please allow your child to speak up to inform me of specific instances of bullying and or harassment upon my daughter. Let me know your number, email, and please be ready with bullies names and detailed info. My inbox is always open!”

Investigations headed by police and Metro Nashville Public Schools are still ongoing.

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Man facing assault charges for attack in George Washington University campus parking garage

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A 27-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection to an attempted sexual assault in a D.C. parking garage that left a woman severely injured earlier this month, police said.

A 27-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection to an attempted sexual assault in a D.C. parking garage that left a woman severely injured earlier this month, police said.

On Oct. 4, a woman was assaulted while walking in a George Washington University parking garage, police said. The suspect attempted to force the woman into a sexual act during the assault.

On Wednesday, D.C. and George Washington University police announced that Omar Williams, of no fixed address, had been arrested and charged with assault with intent to commit first-degree sexual abuse while armed, and aggravated assault while armed.

Police said the woman was seriously injured in the assault, and that her injuries required hospitalization.

During the investigation into Williams, police said they connected him to two other violent crimes in Northwest D.C.

On Sept. 25, a woman reported being knocked down and robbed of her purse. The victim then ran from the scene.

The other assault happened on Aug. 30, when a suspect walked into a business on the 600 block of Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, grabbed some merchandise and attempted to leave. A person tried to intervene, and the suspect assaulted them, police said.

George Washington University Police Chief James Tate thanked D.C. police for their help in locating a suspect in the case.

“I also want to thank the GW community for its support during this investigation, and for his patience and allowing us to do our work behind the scenes — thank you,” Tate said.

WTOP’s Kristi King contributed to this report.

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Charges filed against owner of escaped zebras in Prince George’s County

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Charges have been filed against the owner of several zebras that have been running around loose in Prince George’s County, Maryland, for almost two months, and another zebra that belonged to him has been found dead.

Charges have been filed against the owner of several zebras that have been running around loose in Prince George’s County, Maryland, for almost two months, and another zebra that belonged to him has been found dead.

Three animal cruelty charges were filed Tuesday in Prince George’s County District Court against Jerry Holly, 76, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, who has a herd of nearly 40 zebras on his property along Duley Station Road. Prince George’s County Animal Services Chief Rodney Taylor said the herd was moved to Maryland from Florida in late summer, The Associated Press reported.

The charges are animals at large, cruelty and neglect and manner of keeping/nuisance. All relate to the three zebras that escaped from the farm on Aug. 26.



The charging documents say the zebras have not received the care they require during the more than 50 days they have been on the loose.

It was revealed last week that one of the escaped zebras got caught in a snare trap and died in September.

According to charging documents, the trap was just 2 feet away from the fenced zebra enclosure. Snare traps are illegal in Prince George’s County, and an investigation into who set it is ongoing.

The documents go on to say that an investigating officer from Maryland Natural Resources Police thinks the animal most likely died from dehydration after several days of struggling in the trap. The officer said, in his opinion, the animal should have been seen or heard while it was dying if the caretaker had attended to his animals.

By the time natural resources police responded on Sept. 16, the animal was completely decomposed and the cause of its death could not be determined.

Another zebra that was not one of the escapees, was found dead Tuesday on Holly’s property. The charging documents say that animal had been dead long enough for rigor mortis to set in.

Efforts to capture the two zebras that are still running free continue, and the Department of the Environment (DoE) for Prince George’s County says it has inspected the property every two to three business days since they first escaped.

As the DoE investigates, it has chosen not to impound the surviving zebra herd. But it is exploring the possibility of getting help from animal sanctuaries if the decision is made to remove the zebras from the farm.

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Police: Boy stabbed elementary school classmate

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Petersburg police say a boy took a knife to his elementary school and stabbed a 6-year-old classmate during recess.

PETERSBURG, Va. — Petersburg police say a boy took a knife to his elementary school and stabbed a 6-year-old classmate during recess.

WWBT-TV reports that police said the attack happened Tuesday at Walnut Hill Elementary School and the school notified parents on Wednesday.

The student used a pocketknife, injuring another 6-year-old boy from his earlobe to his face.

The injured student is expected to be OK and police say it was an isolated incident between those two students. No one else was hurt.

After consulting with the Commonwealth’s Attorney, police say the child who brought the knife is not expected to face criminal charges.

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