How Many More Kids Do We Have To Lose? 10-Year Old Ashawnty Davis Commits Suicide After Being Bullied Over Video Shared On Internet

(SL) – The fact that she’s only a baby and had to worry about being bullied is hard to accept. The fact that she’s only 10 and was engaged in her ‘first fight’ is even more gut wrenching. And the fact that social media posting guidelines are so unstructured that anyone can post anything no matter what the content makes me sick to my stomach.

In late October, Ashawnty Davis was involved in a fight after school. The 10-year old 5th grader was a student at Sunrise Elementary in Aurora Colorado and was being bullied. She stood up to the bully and while they fought as most kids and adults do nowadays, someone recorded it and posted the clip to musical.ly. Ashawnty was devastated.

After the video hit the site, the bullying and teasing increased. Her mother Latoshia Harris says the abuse turned her daughter into a different person. Two weeks later, the little girl came home and hanged herself in her closet.

46DC31EE00000578-5135405-image-a-23_1512109797356She spent another two weeks on life support at Children’s Hospital Colorado before her parents decided to take her off.

As for the Cherry Creek School District which has jurisdiction over Sunrise, they said:

“We do not tolerate bullying of any kind in our schools and we have a comprehensive bullying prevention program in place at all of our schools. The safety and well-being of students is our highest priority and we strive every today to ensure schools are safe, welcoming and supportive places that support learning. We were made aware of that video when a media outlet approached us with it. We took immediate action in response, turning the video over to police and addressing the matter with students.’

Stricter laws need to be placed on the type of content that can be posted to these types of  sites especially as it relates to children. Studies show social media use may have driven the increase in suicide rates.

According to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates for teens rose steadily between 2010 and 2015 despite two decades of decline,

 

 

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3 thoughts on “How Many More Kids Do We Have To Lose? 10-Year Old Ashawnty Davis Commits Suicide After Being Bullied Over Video Shared On Internet”

  1. After reading this….it hurt my heart. What should have happen in this situation before suicide became an option? 1) some adult should have been notified 2) sought out counseling 3) her support system rally around her encouraging positive reflections. I can not help to feel like there were warning signs before the fight even took place. We as adult have to encourage a safe place and then understand that what the kids are dealing with in today society. Most never had to deal with the constant bullying and even if you were bullied the nation did not know about it. Teach resilience so that girls and boys can overcome. Stop letting temporary situations end up with permanent solutions such as the one this beautiful girl took.

  2. This pisses me off too the fullest..my heart goes out to the family..people put your kids in some sort of self defense class please…it is very necessary now a days..and teach them to have no mercy on those who try and bully them…NOT ENCOURAGING FIGHTING BUT IT WILL PREVENT SITUATIONS LIKE THIS ONE..

  3. Oh this is tragic. People, including children, are treating each other with increasing cruelty in the United States every day. My Grands attend school in Aurora Colorado and I simply can not imagine the pain and heartache this family is experiencing with the loss of their precious child. All my best to you.

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