The 9-year-old bullied black girl who was harassed by her fourth-grade classmates, was found by her grandmother in her Linden, Alabama, home after she hanged herself. Her family who confirmed that she committed suicide over friendship with a white boy, transferred to U.S. Jones Elementary School in Demopolis, Alabama, because she had been bullied at her school in Linden.
The deceased’s mother Jasmine Adams, told CBS 42 that much of the bullying came from her friendship with a white boy and how his family would drive her to school.
“Part of it could have been because she rode to school with a white family,’ she continued. ‘And a lot of it was race, some of the student bullies would say to her ‘why you riding with white people you’re black, you’re ugly. You should just die’. ‘
‘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’,’ she echoed.
Her aunt Eddwina Harris, said the group of students taunted McKenzie by telling her to commit suicide.
“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 bitch,’ ‘just die,’” Harris told the newspaper.
Harris said she’s speaking out about her niece’s death because she wants to promote anti-bullying.
“There are so many voiceless kids,” Harris said. “God is opening great doors for justice for my niece.”