10-Year-Old Commits Suicide After Alleged Bullying

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A 10-year-old Colorado girl committed suicide following the emergence of a video online of an alleged bullying incident.

Ashawnty Davis was removed from life support on Nov. 29, two weeks after hanging herself on Nov. 16, KDVR reports.

Ashawnty allegedly got into a fight at school in October when she confronted a bully. A fellow student filmed the incident and uploaded it to a mobile app.

"We are looking into this matter and will take appropriate action to ensure the safety of all students involved," the school stated after being made aware of the video.

School officials said they passed the video along to the police.

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But Ashawnty's parents argue the school did not react appropriately.

"There was nothing done about it," her mother Latoshia Harris told KDVR. "When I got the call telling me that my daughter had been in a fight, they never gave me the opportunity to meet with the other parents to come to the bottom of the line."

Harris suggested she could have done more if the school had reacted differently.

"I could have taken her out of the school," added Harris. "It could have been different if she would have faced the girl."

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Ashawnty's father Anthony Davis agreed, alleging that the school refused their request for a meeting.

"We got denied that, just to meet with the parent at the school with the staff," added Davis.

The parents also say their daughter was further traumatized when a video of the fight was uploaded to social media.

The Cherry Creek School District countered this presentation of events in a statement.

"We were made aware of that video when a media outlet approached us with it," the statement read. "We took immediate action in response, turning the video over to police and addressing the matter with students."

It described Ashawnty's death as a "heartbreaking loss for the school community."

School spokeswoman Abbe Smith said anti-bullying policies and a bullying prevention curriculum are in place at the school.

"There was no bullying reports in the student's (Ashawnty's) records," Smith said, according to The Denver Post.

Ashawnty's parents described their daughter as a victim of "bullycide," meaning someone who commits suicide as a result of bullying.

Anthony wants to help work out an effective anti-bullying strategy.

"With the last breath in my life I'm going to make sure that the unfortunate kids are able to go to school comfortably and learn," he told KTRK.

Sources: KDVR (2), The Denver Post / Featured Image: Michael Rivera/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Xnatedawgx/Wikimedia Commons, Esteffect/Wikimedia Commons

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