Racism Has Gone Too Far: 9-year-old Girl Commits Suicide After Being Bullied at School
It seems like news from another reality, a made-up world of madmen where everything’s been turned upside down. An Alabama 9-year-old girl took her own life on Monday night, leaving her family in shock. Unfortunately, in the modern U.S., it doesn’t take long to figure out the reason…
McKenzie Nicole Adams was a fourth grader at U.S. Jones Elementary School in Demopolis, AL — where she had transferred after her mother and grandmother told the school that she was being bullied at her previous school.
On December 3, the 9-year-old’s grandmother found the child at their home in Linden after she hung herself. Can you imagine that? A little girl who didn’t even make it through her first decade of life HUNG herself.
Now, instead of choosing Christmas presents, the family is preparing for the funeral...
This could be the end of this horrifying story as everything is seemingly clear – the child who was under the greatest of pressure due to dirty racist remarks from her classmates is now dead. The beautiful girl who wanted to one day become a scientist is gone just because her skin color didn’t please her WHITE peers.
The school’s attorney, Alex Brasswell, expressed its condolences to McKenzie’s family and said the case is being investigated. He called the situation “sad and senseless.”
The full statement reads:
We have concluded our internal investigation to the allegations of bullying which led to this senseless death. There have been no findings of any reports of bullying by either the student or family. The findings of this internal investigation are consistent with the results of the investigation of the Linden (Alabama) Police Department at this point in time. The Linden Police Department investigation is still pending. All further results will be disseminated as they become available. The Demopolis City School System will continue to have grief counselors, crisis counselors and mental health professionals available to all of our students and teachers.
He also promised to “continue to make the district a safe place for children.”
In a statement, school officials said: “Certainly our hearts go out to the family and friends of McKenzie and her fellow students as well as her teachers. Demopolis school system has provided grief counselors and crisis counselors at the school since this and ministers and youth ministers have been at the campus since the date of this incident. And we certainly want to extend those services to any students and teachers on our campus as they go through this healing process.”
In the meantime, both Alex Baswell and Linden School District Superintendent Timothy Thurman stated: “There have been no findings of any reports of bullying by either the student or the family.”
“There is no record of any bullying during that time and there’s no note as to why she withdrew,” Braswell said, while Thurman stated the child was at the school for only 22 days, and “left for unknown reasons.” Police also said they have not seen any reports that McKenzie was being bullied.
McKenzie’s family thinks otherwise, though.
The girl’s mother, Jasmine Adams, told WIAT CBS 42 that her daughter had notified her teachers and her assistant principal multiple times about the bullying. Moreover, both the mother and grandmother of the girl raised their concerns to the State Board of Education about the ruthless bullying the 9-year-old faced.
Another disappointing aspect of the entire situation is that Adams was transferred to this school after being bullied at her old school…
“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,” Adams said. “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 desperate mother now thinks the school system let her family down.
“I just felt that our trust was in them that they would do the right thing,” Adams said, “And it feels like to me it wasn’t it wasn’t done.”
Adams said race was a factor in the bullying. A white family friend drove the African-American fourth-grader to school every day.
“Part of it could have been because she rode to school with a white family. And a lot of it was race,” she said.
Eddwina Harris, who was the aunt of the girl, told the Tuscaloosa News, “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-tch,’ ‘just die.’”
“That was my angel,” said Adams.
On Facebook, Jasmine Adams, McKenzie’s mother, mourned the loss of her daughter, sharing pictures Monday night of the two together.
“My world is gone ... my first love #stopbullying #antibullying,” Adams wrote on Facebook.
Funeral services for McKenzie Adams will be held next Saturday at U.S. Jones Elementary School in Demopolis at 11 a.m.
The girl’s aunt, Eddwina Harris, who hosts a television show in Atlanta, told the Tuscaloosa News that the incident has been an “emotional roller-coaster,” and that students told her niece to commit suicide.
She now plans to use her platform to help the fight against bullying.
“God has blessed me to help others with my platform, and now it’s time to help. There are so many voiceless kids,” she said. “God is opening great doors for justice for my niece.”
This is the second suicide involving a 9-year-old child in Alabama in as many months. Madison Whitsett died by suicide in Birmingham this past November.