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.
Timeline of Tyler Clementi’s Last Days
Sept. 1: Fall semester begins at Rutgers. Dharun Ravi and Tyler Clementi are roommates in Davidson dormitory on Busch Campus.
Sept. 19: Twitter feed from Ravi: “Roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into molly’s room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with another dude. Yay.”
Sept. 21: Twitter feed from Ravi: “Anyone with iChat, I dare you to video chat me between the hours of 9:30 and 12. Yes, it’s happening again.”
Sept. 22, around 8 p.m.: Friends say Clementi sends a Facebook update: “Going to jump off the GW Bridge. Sorry.”
Later that hour, Clementi commits suicide by jumping from the George Washington Bridge, authorities and the family’s attorney said.
Sept. 27: Molly W. Wei, charged with invasion of privacy, surrenders to authorities.
Sept. 28: Ravi, also charged with invasion of privacy, surrenders to authorities.
Tyler Clementi’s family released the following statement Sept. 29:
|On behalf of the family of Tyler Clementi, I can confirm that Tyler committed suicide last week by jumping from the George Washington Bridge. His body has not been recovered.|
Tyler was a fine young man, and a distinguished musician. The family is heartbroken beyond words. They respectfully request that they be given time to grieve their great loss and that their privacy at this painful time be respected by all.
The family and their representatives are cooperating fully with the ongoing criminal investigations of two Rutgers University students. They will have no further comment at this time.
Paul Mainardi, Esquire
Facebook tribute page: In honor of Tyler Clementi