The family of a 9-year-old suicide victim is speaking out to spread awareness of mental health issues and anti-bullying in schools.
McKenzie Adams’ grandmother found her granddaughter lifeless in her home on Monday. The fourth grader had hanged herself, reports Tuscaloosa News.
According to the Alabama family, bullying led to McKenzie’s death.
The child’s mother, Jasmine Adams, told CBS 42 that numerous times, she had warned teachers and the assistant principal of U.S. Jones elementary school that her daughter was being harassed at school over a friendship with a white family.
“She told me that this one particular child was writing her nasty notes in class. It was just things you wouldn’t think a 9-year-old should know. And my baby to tell me some of the things they had said to her I was like where are they learning this from.”
The girl’s mother said her classmates would tease her for taking rides to school with her friend’s family, who happens to be white. She said:
“She was being bullied the entire school year, with words such as ‘kill yourself,’ ‘you think you’re white because you ride with that white boy,’ ‘you ugly,’ ‘black b**ch,’ ‘just die.’”
Jasmine believes the school district could have done more to prevent the senseless tragedy.
The district’s attorney Alex Brasswell said the school is cooperating with the Linden Police Department in a joint investigation of the incident. The Demopolis city school officials extended its heartfelt condolences to McKenzie’s family.
Students who are bullied are two to nine times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims according to one statistic. Nearly 4,600 young people between the ages of ten and 24 have lost their lives to suicide each year, according to a recent report.
During a memorial service held Sunday, several organizations spoke on suicide prevention to combat bullying within the community, reports WBRC.
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