A Colorado couple said their 10-year-old daughter killed herself over a bullying incident that was recorded on video.
Ashawnty Davis, a fifth-grader, got into a fight at school in October, her parents told KDVR. The fight was recorded by another student before it was posted on the Musical.ly social media app.
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“I saw my daughter was scared,” Ashawnty’s mother, Latoshia Harris, was quoted by the news outlet as saying, referring to the video.
In the clip, her mother said her daughter was confronting a bully.
“She was devastated when she found out that it had made it to Musical.ly,” father Anthony Davis told the station. “My daughter came home two weeks later and hanged herself in the closet,” he added.
Two weeks later, the girl died.
Her parents alleged that Ashawnty was the victim of “Bullycide,” to which Davis added, “We have to stop it and we have to stop it within our kids.”
“I want other parents to know that it’s happening,” Harris noted. “That was my baby and I love my baby and I just want mothers to listen.”
According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, citing U.S. government data figures, one out of five students reported being bullied in 2015, while adding that some 64 percent of children who were bullied didn’t report it to school authorities, while only 36 percent reported it.
It adds, “The reasons for being bullied reported most often by students were looks (55%), body shape (37%), and race (16%).”
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