A tragedy has taken place in Aurora, Colorado following another bullying incident, which has been an escalating issue in our nation. Recent statistics indicate that suicide is the third leading cause of death among younger generations and victims of bullying are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide as an escape outlet.
10-year-old Ashawnty Davis was a joyful 5th-grade student at Sunrise Elementary School. Family members described her as a “child of joy” who “brought joy to everyone,” reported KDVR. She was passionate about playing basketball and hoped to play in the WNBA when she grew up.
Unfortunately, Davis had been dealing with bullies at school.
One day, Davis decided to confront one of the bullies, which led to a physical altercation. Students reportedly watched and recorded the incident, which was uploaded to an app called “Musical.ly.”
After the fight was leaked online, the bullying intensified.
“My daughter came home two weeks later and hanged herself in the closet,” Davis’ mother said.
She spent two weeks on life support at a local children’s hospital before she died on Wednesday, November 29th. Although the family is heartbroken, they told KDVR that they are sharing their daughter’s story to raise awareness for “bullycide,” when someone commits suicide as a result of bullying.
“We have to stop it and we have to stop it within our kids,” her parents said. “I want other parents to know that it’s happening. That was my baby and I love my baby and I just want mothers to listen.”
This is not the first time suicide has taken the life of such a young child. Earlier this fall season, an 11-year-old also committed suicide after months of being bullied at school.
Please keep the Davis family in your prayers as they cope with the devastating loss of their 10-year-old child, and share this story to raise awareness. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The line is available 24/7 year-round.
In other recent news, the man who was charged in the death of 3-year-old Mariah Woods appeared in court. Read the latest details on this tragic case here.