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Bullied 10-year-old girl commits suicide

Posted November 16, 2011

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— Columbus County 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, dead in her bedroom Monday night.

"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."

Chadbourn Police Chief Steven Shaw said her death was obviously suicide, and he was about to close the case when 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. She left the school for a while and dreaded having to return about a month ago, her mother said.

"It's a shame that kids are that cruel. It really is," West said, noting that she never knew how badly Jasmine had been tormented.

Jasmine McClain, bullying victim Girl picked on at school kills herself

"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.

Shaw said it's too early to determine whether anyone could face criminal charges in Jasmine's death.

Chadbourn Elementary Principal Deanna Shuman said the school is working with police and is also conducting its own investigation. Flags outside the school flew at half-staff on Wednesday in Jasmine's memory.

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  • mytea79 Nov 18, 7:27 p.m.

    Kids can be more mean and sick now days then before and when some one is picked on it puts there mind in a place the more it happens it becomes unsafe for them are the bully! This pretty little girl let it get deep in side her and it's sad! And you can have a great support system see a counsellor,psychologist or a psychiatrist and it could still happen they can't heal all! They try to help you work on what ever helps you deal with it! It's wrong that people bully! But it's even wrong this little girl let it get deep down in side her for her to do this there is two wrongs here and all the around just sad! There should be groups classes that help kids deal with this better!!

  • jenniferlnodine Nov 18, 9:04 a.m.

    what a tragedy. Such a beautiful little girl, no one should have a reason to pick on her. My tears go out to her family, especially her mom.

  • ncduckie2 Nov 17, 7:01 p.m.

    I was bullied all threw my school years. They didnt have laws like they do now. Its very sad to hear about this little girl. My prayers go out to her family.

  • storchheim Nov 17, 6:50 p.m.

    MadeInUSA, there are no laws against "general" harrassment in the workplace. You must prove that it was due to sex, race, age, etc.

    And even so, nothing stops it. The bullies will say it was because you looked at them wrong, not because you're a (fill in the blank).

    There are all kinds of workplace laws. Good luck getting them enforced.

  • haggis basher Nov 17, 5:07 p.m.

    'Specifically, the Wake County Public schools are not taking this epidemic seriously enough, and don't want to take the time to deal with it!!!"

    And where would resources to do that come from.....remember the GOP just cut school funding to save a pennies sales tax.....one would almost think they are trying to destroy the public schools on purpose........

  • n2bigcats Nov 17, 4:55 p.m.

    What a tragedy. Praying for the family and friends of this beautiful little girl. And praying for the others who go through this everyday.

  • kellirose98 Nov 17, 4:45 p.m.

    OMG I am so SORRY and the mom was really calm what if my son/daughter took there last breath in my arms i would be all to peices !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hokies94 Nov 17, 4:41 p.m.

    Why didn't someone intervene??? Why didn't somone go to the administrators and the teachers? Why didn't her mother talk to her? Sad one. God bless this pretty little girl.

  • krista8119 Nov 17, 4:39 p.m.

    This story is very sad, and unfortunately, not all that unfamiliar. We are hearing about these stories almost on a daily basis, and it is simply unnaceptable. In my opinion, the schools are not doing enough to put a stop to this. Specifically, the Wake County Public schools are not taking this epidemic seriously enough, and don't want to take the time to deal with it!!!

  • supersr Nov 17, 4:34 p.m.

    How can the mother be so calm on tv? If the little girl took her last breath in her arms then why try to resuscitate? Something sounds fishy and the kids that were bullying should have some charges brought against them.

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