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Girl, 10, hangs herself after bullying in Colorado, parents say

02 December 2017

Ashawnty was devastated, and the bullying increased, when the video appeared on the app, her parents told the network.

The Cherry Creek School District said it became aware of the fight video on October 24, when a local media outlet reached out for comment and sent a link to the video.

Ashawnty Davis wanted to be a WNBA star. The district called Ashawnty's death a "heartbreaking loss".

"As we journey on, her name won't die because with the last breath of my life, I'm going to make sure unfortunate kids are able to go to school comfortably and learn", Davis said.

In the video, Ashawnty and another girl are seen fighting as a group of kids gathered around to watch.

"I could have taken her out of the school".

Ashawnty's mother, Latoshia Harris, told the station her daughter confronted a girl who had been bullying her.

But Ashawnty's parents are sharing it to help other parents.

Girl, 10, hangs herself after bullying in Colorado, parents say
Girl, 10, hangs herself after bullying in Colorado, parents say

The small girl spent two weeks on life support before dying on Wednesday morning. "I want other parents to know it's happening", Harris told Fox31. "And I just want mothers to listen". Mental health support will be made available for any students who need help processing the loss. The district also said it does not tolerate bullying.

But Ashanwty's parents feel that the school could have done more.

After footage of a fifth-grader was uploaded online, the girl reportedly couldn't take the pressure from the intensified bullying and chose to kill herself.

The district said it turned the video over to police when made aware of it and addressed the matter with students.

'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.

In a truly despicable video, classmates - and what appears to be an older student or possibly even an adult - enter the frame, clearly allowing the fight to take place, and possibly even encouraging it.

Maybe school officials are skittish about getting involved at times, particularly when physical restraint is required to save a student from getting seriously hurt - which can always mean an arrest, a firing or a lawsuit is just around the corner. They believe their daughter was a victim of "bullycide", a term used when someone commits suicide because of bullying.

Girl, 10, hangs herself after bullying in Colorado, parents say