Schoolgirl hangs herself after bullying video posted on social media platform

'I want other parents to know that it’s happening', parents say

Samuel Osborne
Monday 04 December 2017 16:25
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Video shows 10-year-old girl involved in fight which her parents claim led to her suicide

A 10-year-old girl hanged herself after a video was shared on social media of her fighting an alleged bully.

Ashawnty Davis was a victim of "bullycide," when someone kills themselves because of bullying, her parents said.

"It's just devastating," her father, Anthony Davis, told Fox31 Denver. "She was just a child of joy and she brought joy to everyone."

Ashawnty, a fifth-grade student at Sunrise Elementary school in Aurora, Colorado, was filmed after she got into a fight with another girl.

Her mother, Latoshia Harris, claimed the girl had been bullying her.

“I saw my daughter was scared,” Ms Harris said.

Footage of the fight was then uploaded and shared on the app Musical.ly.

"My daughter came home two weeks later and hanged herself in the closet," Ms Harris said.

Ashawnty died after spending nearly two weeks on life support in hospital.

Her parents hope her story will help save the lives of other young people.

"We have to stop it and we have to stop it within our kids," Mr Davis said.

"I want other parents to know that it’s happening," Ms Harris added. "That was my baby and I love my baby and I just want mothers to listen."

If you are in crisis or suicidal and need someone to talk to in the US, call the Samaritans branch in your area or 1 (800) 273-TALK. If it is an emergency, call 911. In the UK, Samaritans operates a free 24-hour phone service that can be reached by dialling 116 123, or you can email Samaritans at jo@samaritans.org.

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