An 11-year-old girl took her own life on February 1 after her attempts to get help due to being bullied reportedly went unanswered.
According to KOB, Delia Watson’s best friend, Malaya Martinez, said that Watson was “tormented” by bullies and complained about them before she died.
According to Martinez, Watson always held her head high, but the bullying became too much after Watson sought out help but hadn’t received any.
Martinez told KOB:
“Surprisingly my friend held her head up high and always carried a beautiful smile. She had the biggest heart and always found the good in everybody, even the girls and boys who would bully her.”
“Me and Delia reached out to many staff members of our school many different times about the bullying but Delia’s voice was never heard.”
Watson’s family believes it was because her voice was never heard that the 11-year-old took her own life.
During a vigil held for Watson on February 6, Martinez vowed to be her friend’s voice and speak out until someone is ready to listen.
“I’m Delia’s voice and I’m reaching out to the community for help. Big, small, tall, has no hair, has hair, has a lot of hair, doesn’t matter, they are still human beings. It’s not right!”
Watson’s family hopes that by sharing their daughter’s story, officials at Mount Taylor Elementary School will step up and “do a better job of educating parents and students about bullying.”
The 11-year-old’s aunt wrote on a GoFundMe page to help raise money for funeral expenses:
Delia Watson was age 11, bullied and felt alone and isolated from her peers. Delia cried out for help, however felt her voice was not heard. Delia was looking to feel accepted by others. Delia felt her only support was her family but continued to feel rejected by her peers. Delia was bullied through text messages and social media encouraging her to end her life. Despite the negative words sent to her, she attempted to focus on her art. Delia was creative and expressed herself through her talent. Delia was caring to others and loved to give hugs. There is a saying. “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”. This is not true!
Her aunt continued:
The funds will be used to assist the family with expenses and awareness to our community regarding Bullying and Suicide Prevention. There are members of our community that have reached out encouraging using Delia’s story as a platform to reach others suffering from rejection and isolation. We as a community, do not want to hear of another story like Delia’s. Let us come together and spread the word in how [to] prevent another tragedy. Delia’s memorial is tentative to be on February 23rd.
Police are currently investigating the claims that Watson was also bullied on social media and through text messages.