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Police rule out bullying in girl's suicide

Posted January 4, 2012

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— Despite initial reports that bullying caused a 10-year-old Columbus County girl to kill herself in November, police said Wednesday that they found no link between teasing at school and the girl's death.

Jasmine McClain hanged herself with a belt in her bedroom on Nov. 14.

After her death, police investigated social media posts that suggested Jasmine had been repeatedly bullied at Chadbourn Elementary School.

Her mother, Samantha West, said she knew children teased her daughter about her clothes, her shoes and her hair. Jasmine didn't like going to the school because of it, West said.

Chadbourn Police Chief Steven Shaw said an investigation determined that students picked on Jasmine at school but not enough to push her to suicide.

School officials also investigated the bullying allegations.

State lawmakers passed two anti-bullying laws in 2009. 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.

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  • haggis basher Jan 5, 2012

    "I will never believe this child did this all by herself. She was only 10 years old and no bullying can make a child do some thing this drastic. There was some thing else here at hand."

    Perhaps but whilst suicides in kids this young is rare, it does happen.

  • barbstillkickin Jan 5, 2012

    I will never believe this child did this all by herself. She was only 10 years old and no bullying can make a child do some thing this drastic. There was some thing else here at hand.

  • YourMom Jan 5, 2012

    "Chadbourn Police Chief Steven Shaw said an investigation determined that students picked on Jasmine at school but not enough to push her to suicide."

    Wow Steven Shaw I see some hate mail coming your way.

  • kermit60 Jan 5, 2012

    I will never be convinced that this girl hung herself without the help of someone else. She had school problems and other issues but this is very rare that a ten year old girl or boy hangs themselves. I hope a really good autopsy was conducted.

  • gopack07 Jan 5, 2012

    "Chadbourn Police Chief Steven Shaw said an investigation determined that students picked on Jasmine at school but not enough to push her to suicide."

    How can something like this even be determined?? This is an internalizing feeling that only Jasmine can feel. A small amount of bullying may not bother one person, but can torment another person. This is a ridiculous statement, in my opinion.

  • haggis basher Jan 5, 2012

    "In any event something really needs to be done about bullying in the first place and it needs to start early AND AT HOME!!!"

    Wrong! It needs to be stopped at school because thats where it happened. The victim is not at fault here.

  • CodeNameJade Jan 4, 2012

    It's hard to imagine that a 10 year old was able to rig a belt to hang herself. I hope the police continue to investigate and dig a little deeper. I feel sorry for this poor little girl, she must have had a very hard life to come to this end.

  • chauncey7381 Jan 4, 2012

    This poor little girl did not want to return to school. The parent knew it, the school knew it. This story doesn't pass the sniff test.

  • hlpulley Jan 4, 2012

    If a young child takes their own life,something very bad was going on in their life.I cant imagine a happy or content child doing something like that, we may never know, sad.

  • Spartacus Jan 4, 2012

    Yes, I am not convinced this was a suicide.

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