Look at this beautiful, angelic, adorable ten-year-old girl. It is devastating beyond words that she is not here today.
Ashawnty Davis hanged herself after a video of her being bullied was posted online.
She was on life support for two weeks, but sadly died on Wednesday at Children’s Hospital Colorado following her suicide attempt.
‘It’s just devastating,’ her father, Anthony Davis, told KDVR-TV. ‘She was just a child of joy and she brought joy to everyone.’
In late October, Ashawnty, a fifth-grade student at Sunrise Elementary in Aurora, was involved in a fight after school.
It was recorded by another student, who then uploaded the footage to an app called Musical.ly.
In the video, Ashawnty and another girl are seen fighting as a group of kids gather around to watch.
Ashawnty’s mother, Latoshia Harris, says that her daughter was confronting a girl who was bullying her.
‘I saw my daughter was scared,’ Harris said.
Harris and Davis showed the clip to KDVR-TV which broadcasted parts of it – though the children’s images were blurred out.
‘She was devastated when she found out that it had made it to Musical.ly,’ Davis said.
After the clip was posted to Musical.ly, Ashawnty was subjected to relentless teasing and bullying at school, according to her parents.
They said that the abuse their daughter took turned her into a different person.
Little Ashawnty could not live with the shame.
‘My daughter came home two weeks later and hanged herself in the closet,’ Harris said.
Harris and Davis are urging other parents to be on the lookout for signs of ‘bullycide’ – a term used when a child is driven to suicide because of bullying.
‘We have to stop it and we have to stop it within our kids,’ Davis said.
‘I want other parents to know that it’s happening,’ Harris said.
‘That was my baby and I love my baby and I just want mothers to listen.’
The Cherry Creek School District which has jurisdiction over Sunrise Elementary issued a statement.
‘This is a heartbreaking loss for the school community,’ the district said.
‘Mental health supports will be made available for any students who need help processing the loss.’
‘We do not tolerate bullying of any kind in our schools and we have a comprehensive bullying prevention program in place at all of our schools.’
‘The safety and well-being of students is our highest priority and we strive every today to ensure schools are safe, welcoming and supportive places that support learning.’
‘We were made aware of that video when a media outlet approached us with it. We took immediate action in response, turning the video over to police and addressing the matter with students.’
‘It should also be noted that the video did not take place during school hours.’