North Carolina authorities are investigating the death of a 10-year-old girl who hanged herself Monday night after repeatedly being bullied at school.
Samantha West said she found her daughter, Jasmine McClain, hanged in her bedroom Monday, November 14, 2011.
“I just lost it because she took her last breath in my arms,” West said Wednesday. “She was a loving child. I just don’t understand.”
Police Chief Steven Shaw said her death was obviously suicide. While investigating the case, he started checking posts on Facebook and other social media about Jasmine and her death.
“Children started coming forward and making accusations that she was bullied – and bullied bad – in school,” Shaw said.
Jasmine was picked on at Chadbourne Elementary School, West said, noting other children teased her about her clothes or her shoes. West said that Jasmine told her that the kids made fun of her shoes being la
st year’s model or that they were dirty. She left the school for a while and dreaded having to return about a month ago, her mother said.
Her Mother never knew how badly Jasmine had been tormented.
“Everyone that we have spoken to, there are little indicators – not huge indications – but small indications that she was not happy,” Shaw said.
State lawmakers passed two anti-bullying laws two years ago. One made online bullying of children a misdemeanor, while the other required school districts to adopt policies to prohibit bullying without specifying the punishment for violators.
Currently, no one has been charged criminally in Jasmine’s death.
President Obama addresses bullying and says that we must dis-spell the myth that bullying is a normal course of nature. He truly cares and feels sad about what has happened in this country. He speaks out specifically following the suicides of gay students in recent months.
The president in a video after a series of suicide among gay teens: “I know what it means to grow up feeling out of place”
“We must break this myth that bullying is just a normal rite of passage.” Cosi ‘Barack Obama has expressed “shock and sadness” in front of the number of suicides among gay teenagers in a video produced as part of “It Gets Better Project” launched by the writer Dan Savage, who in recent days, always with a video, he joined Hillary Clinton.
“I appeal to every young person who listens, you should know that if you have problems there are adults who care about you that can listen,” said Obama, who then made, and as’ used to do, referring to his personal experience, explaining that know “what it means to grow up feeling out of place.”
“You are not alone – he continued staring into the camera– you did nothing wrong, nothing to deserve to be victims of bullies. There ’s a whole world that awaits you, full of possibilities.’ There are people ready to love you for who you are. “
When this video posted on YouTube, many people are saying that the United States is the biggest bully of them all. Some feel that it is ironic that the U.S.A. president would release a video about bullying.
What do you think?
Advocates say the situation is the worst for special-education and autistic students. A survey just released by the Massachusetts Advocates for Children showed that of the 400 parents surveyed, almost 90 percent reported that their child had been bullied sometime in the past year.
Julia Landau of MAC said “kids with autism are much more frequent targets of bullying, they act different…their verbal tics are often mocked. More than half of the respondents reported that their children were physically assaulted as well.”
And a study released by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network last year showed that 9 out of 10 gay and lesbian students reported experiencing harassment at school.
Yet, despite the pervasive nature of the problem there are still eight states that do not have anti-bullying laws on the books. Massachusetts is one of them.
Dozens of bills have come before the Massachusetts state legislature in the past few years but all failed in part because teachers, principals and lawmakers can be at odds over how to solve the problem. Educators often argue that existing harassment and assault laws can be used to prevent bullying, and legislators taking a cue from their constituents, are clearly anxious to enact new laws.
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