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Tue Dec 11, 2018, 11:11 AM

9-year-old kills self after racist taunts from class: family

A black 9-year-old girl in Alabama allegedly took her own life after facing relentless bullying and racism in class, according to reports.

McKenzie Adams’ relatives said she hanged herself Dec. 3 in her home in Linden, about 100 miles west of Montgomery, and was discovered by her grandmother, according to the Tuscaloosa News.

Since the start of the school year, the fourth-grader had been the target of bullying at US Jones Elementary School, where she was teased over her friendship with a white male classmate, according to her family.

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...

https://nypost.com/2018/12/10/9-year-old-committed-suicide-after-classmates-taunted-kill-yourself-family/


OP link is to the NY Post because it's more to the point than local coverage:

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20181209/9-year-old-girls-suicide-shocks-small-alabama-community

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Reply 9-year-old kills self after racist taunts from class: family (Original post)
BeyondGeography Dec 2018 OP
mrs_p Dec 2018 #1
Delphinus Dec 2018 #2
Kittycow Dec 2018 #3
Fatemah2774 Dec 2018 #4
sandensea Dec 2018 #5
Raster Dec 2018 #6
Garrett78 Dec 2018 #23
PaulX2 Dec 2018 #7
Duppers Dec 2018 #9
PaulX2 Dec 2018 #14
JudyM Dec 2018 #19
Duppers Dec 2018 #20
ZeroSomeBrains Dec 2018 #8
secondwind Dec 2018 #10
Celerity Dec 2018 #11
Victor_c3 Dec 2018 #12
ffr Dec 2018 #13
Yosemito Dec 2018 #15
allgood33 Dec 2018 #16
ecstatic Dec 2018 #21
DallasNE Dec 2018 #17
NewJeffCT Dec 2018 #18
Ilsa Dec 2018 #22

Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 11:16 AM

1. Beautiful baby

Breaks my heart

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 11:16 AM

2. This is so sad.



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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 11:22 AM

3. Kid suicides are the worst of all, to me.



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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 11:24 AM

4. This is so sad

So sad on so many levels....

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 12:02 PM

5. Future GOPee voters no doubt

God rest McKenzie Adams’ soul.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 12:16 PM

6. I have no words...

...

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Response to Raster (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 12:52 AM

23. Only tears for me.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 12:21 PM

7. There Are Usually A Few Main Bullies - Find Them And Put Them In Juvenile Detention

 

Until they are 18. Then the whole state can have a day to learn about bullying / racism, and show them the pictures of the kids behind bars.

I know Alabama thinks the wrong side won the civil war, but kids should be able to go to school without this kind of crap.

I know. I was a bully, and I was bullied relentlessly.

It should not be allowed, and someone needs to make a point.

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Response to PaulX2 (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 12:29 PM

9. Wish there were a way to impart empathy.

That poor child.

Where were the teachers?

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Response to Duppers (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 01:43 PM

14. The Teachers Are Probably Racists Too

 

This is Ahlabama.

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Response to Duppers (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 11:13 PM

19. Mindfulness training in schools works great! Helps kids learn how to manage their emotions, many

more benefits. Should be part of every school’s curriculum.

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Response to JudyM (Reply #19)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 11:15 PM

20. Absolutely.

Thanks, Judy.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 12:29 PM

8. What a terribly aweful and sad story

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 12:29 PM

10. I may be totally off-base here, but where are the teachers? Can't they spot these things?

Seems to me if white kids are spouting hatred, it would show on their ugly faces across the schoolyard...

This is too horrific to contemplate.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 12:29 PM

11. Alabama, jeez there is a shock... NOT



Now



70 years ago



A 107 year old ex-slave and his wife hearing the preacher of the Ku Klux Klan, Talladega, AL, 1948



Merry Christmas!

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 12:36 PM

12. 4th grade? That's scary

My oldest daughter just turned 10 and is in 4th grade. I couldn’t imagine her or any of the kids in her class going through or doing any of that.

Kids are a reflection of their parents and upbringing. The parents are just as culpable as the kids involved.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 01:17 PM

13. Elections have consequences. Just another example we can thank non-voters for.

Vote, like your life and those around you, depends upon it.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 01:44 PM

15. If I was the parent

 

I cannot tell you what I would do in this case.
My child’s death would only be the beginning.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 01:46 PM

16. How does a 9 year-old know how to hang herself? Something doesn't sound right to me.

 

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Response to allgood33 (Reply #16)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 11:19 PM

21. That struck me as well. I hope they did a thorough investigation.

I'm no stranger to depression, even when I was that age... but in the moments when I felt suicidal, the method I thought about was a bottle of pills, NOT hanging or anything that final.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 01:53 PM

17. Several People Failed This Young Girl

We just don't know enough to assign blame yet.

It starts with the parents as it appears the girl gave them details. I presume they confronted school administration. How did that play out.

Where we're the teachers that they didn't confront the parents of the bullies - even expell the bullies (after a hearing). The school should be a no bully zone given how serious the consequences are with inaction.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 01:57 PM

18. horrible - so young

such a terrible loss.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 11:57 PM

22. Where's Malignia? Isn't countering this with Be Best her new schtick? nt

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