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Mom’s Devastated After Video Shows Daughter Being Bullied. She Already Lost One Daughter Because of It

Twelve years ago, mom Amy Doherty lost a daughter to suicide.

As Doherty told KSDK, she believes her 14-year-old daughter took her own life in 2007 partly because of the bullying she faced while attending Fort Zumwalt East High School in Missouri.

Doherty said:

“She was bullied and bullied to the point where she took her life and we don’t want to relive this.”

Unfortunately, watching one of her children being bullied is something she is being forced to relive.

In a video posted to her personal Facebook account on December 14, Doherty revealed that another one of her daughters is also dealing with bullying at the same school her other daughter once did.

The video shows a group of girls screaming at Doherty’s daughter that her friends only use her for the things she has:

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Posted by Amy Sanders Doherty on Friday, December 14, 2018

One girl can be heard telling the teen to “shut up” before saying:

“…nobody likes you.”

Doherty’s daughter then retaliates by asking the girl yelling at her, “Why are you being so rude?”

The girl continues to yell profanities until the 45-second clip comes to an end. Doherty said after watching the video herself:

“It broke my heart and that’s what she’s been living for a couple of years.”

Along with the shocking video, Doherty also attached a petition she created on Change.org in order to “stiffen [no] bullying laws”:

So my daughters Macy is very sweet and small. She “wears her heart on her sleeve”. And I think other girls know that she is the one they can pick on. The video I’m going to post is how her days at school go. Someone recorded it! Macy is in the gray long sleeve shirt. Suggestions of what I should do to make her feel safe at school????? This is Fort Zumwalt East.

Hundreds of people commented on Doherty’s post.

Some defended the school, while others shared that they were also bullied while attending Fort Zumwalt high schools, and many offered their own advice:

1) Talk to your daughter first. Tell her that she is beautiful inside and out and no one can ever take that away from her. The reason why these girls do this to her is cuz they don’t feel confident about themselves so they have to belittle another person.
2) Don’t ever tell her to start a fight. But always make sure you tell her to be the one that finishes it.
3) Get the school involved immediately
4) Show that video to the other girl’s parents
5) And if 1 through 4 don’t work, send it to the news stations
6) And if one through five don’t work, call me and I’ll put some fear of God in those girls and they’ll never bully anyone again.

After having a meeting with her daughter’s school, Doherty posted an update on Facebook.

She wrote:

Update: Had a meeting at the school! The principles, staff, and security Are great. I do believe they’re going to do everything to protect my daughter. What they can legally do you it’s out of their hands. They can only give up to a 10 day suspension. But the rules definitely need to be changed in the state of Missouri to be able to expel or a longer suspension For these bullies. Stricter penalties Are needed if we’re going to win the battle of the bullies! There is still a girl at school that is making my daughter scared right now that has not yet been suspended that should’ve been. Watch the channel 5 news at six for more information!

Now, the mom is working toward making sure her younger children and other people’s children never have to endure bullying like her two daughters have again by petitioning for stiffer punishments against bullies.

Doherty told KSDK:

“I’ve had hundreds of parents message me personally crying out for help. […] It needs to be standardized. We all need to follow the same consequences at a minimum level.”

Doherty said that she’s “speaking from the heart for myself, my family and every other parent who has reached out to me. We are trying and we are going to go strong on this. We want to change. Our kids need to be safe.”

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  1. I was bullied incessantly as a child. I was even bullied by several teachers. It made my life a living hell. I begged my parents to move me to a different school, but it was many years ago in the 1970s and 80s when there was not many opportunities such as homeschool or charter schools, etc. School administrators rarely do anything about bullying. There are exceptions, but the problem is very overwhelming for them to deal with. Unfortunately, the problem resides in human heart and these children who bully are already full of hate. Hate they have learned from their parents, the media, and culture in general. The change has to take place at a deeper level. In the heart.

  2. Tell her not to talk to them and void them out . Defend her self did just keep on walking maybe pick a book and read . The less she interacts with them the better . She’s a sweetheart and doesn’t have to prove it to people that are just looking for someone to pick on . Those girls must not feel good about themselves and are trying to feel superior ..

  3. I was a dean at a high school and I believe we were forced to deal with bullying. The girls need to be called in and told they are not to do it anymore. If they persister, there are parent conferences, detentions, suspensions. If they continue you can send them to an alternative school. You can limit the contact they have with other students. They are not to go to the bathroom without a security escort. They could be on the no pass list. They can’t go anywhere without a security escort. I would nip this in the bud. Who do these girls think they are? Limit their contact with other students.

  4. I think the daughter could use some extra schooling after school like taking a martial arts class. It would give her the confidence to tell these rude girls where to get off. It would also help her to face the world bravely and strongly as an adult.

  5. Hello , Get your Children into self defense classes teach them how to FIGHT and if they get kicked out of School fight that too , and write President Trump – he’s a genius and he’ll take care of the problem .

  6. I would take my kid out of that school than tell other parents that if their kids are being bullied than also take them out of school and send them to a school were they will feel safe than see a lawyer about during those bullies parents if u hurt the parents of bullies were it hurts in their wallets than maybe the would saritin their kids out

  7. I was bullied in school by nearly my entire class. 15 out of 25 students. My main bully got away with it cause she was the teachers pet. She was also the principals. She had everyone believing I was the bully. Even though I was the one crying, I was the one needing to see a therapist and the school councilor, I was the one missing school because some days I just couldn’t bring my self to walk out the door. It took the cops showing up at her house cause she stole my bike for her parents to realize that she wasnt so innocent. From then she never personally dealt with me. Just got her goons to and they got away with it.
    Kids shouldn’t have to deal with bullies. As grown ups a lot of these bullies would be charged with assault, harassment, etc. But as teens they get a free pass. They know right from wrong at that age. They shouldn’t get away with thsee things.

  8. Put her in kick boxing. My son was shy and very quiet I knew someone would try to pick on him. I made sure he could defend himself just Incase. Sure enough when he was a freshman a senior in gym kept roughing him up on the basketball court. Well my son taught him a lesson. I do not encourage fighting but I do encourage survival. Unfortunately in today’s world children are mean and I will not allow my son to sit back and take it. I am thankful that he is still a kind sweet person. He knows fighting is the last resort but sometimes it’s necessary.

  9. My son has been bullied since he started high school! His ass’t principal told him in front of me that if he defended himself he would have him arrested! I told my son that if he had to defend himself & was arrested we would bail him out of jail & fight for him! He is ADHD & low spectrum Autism. The fear of being arrested has him terrified even though he knows we will back him. We have lost two other boys at our high school to bullying! They committed suicide because of it & both boys were my son’s friends! No more innocent lives lost! I would that I had been smart enough to get a lawyer & sued these kids parents! Do not let your child be a statistic because of petty minded bullies! Sue the parents & sue the school! Some judge has to care about the ones being bullied!

  10. I believe that the parents should teach their children not to bully and how it affects others I tell my grandson all the time to tell someone if it ever happens to him my fiance has a nephew that says he gets bullied I told him to walk away and ignore them they are just trying to make themselves feel better I don’t know what is wrong with kids now days I would whoop my kids if i seen them treating anyone like that and wouldn’t care how big they are.sorry this is happening to ur daughter she looks like a very sweet girl if u need some back up me and my girls can come handle it .those girls need some serious discipline

    • Walk away and ignore them is bad advice. They fuel off that knowing the child won’t defend themselves and is very meek and timid. Have to find things about them to say back. And unfortunately learn self defense.

  11. I think you should look into being able to go to court for a civil suit against the children & school that had led your daughter to her demise, then I would call your governor to have a meeting with him or her, ask about enacting a law that will enforce a strict law in order to charge the bullies with assault, & for those bullies that lead a victim to suicide should be held accountable for at least manslaughter, if not a murder conviction. I’m sorry for the losses that has happened over the years & this needs to stop years ago. Too many bullies, too many victims. God bless.

  12. I think there needs to be stricter laws against bulling in schools and internet through i phones and other devices not only as state laws but federal too they should be held accountable for attempted murder or assisting a suicide if they can prove their involvement kids have bullied my child and even sent videos of people commuting suicide and telling her here are some ways you can do it telling her to even record it and post it telling her she is a waste of space and doesn’t deserve to live here on earth anymore however kids now these days can encrypt emails to where you can’t trace who sent it they use snap chat so it can be erased unless one of them saves it and posts it to their story I think snap chat needs to no longer exists because this is one main sorce kids are bulking others and getting away with it

    • Wow! I’m so sorry to hear that. It’s very scary. Please tell your child, for every negative comment she reads, there are at least 100 people , 10000, a a million people who’d rather she live through this. Every life is a gift, every day is a new beginning.

    • Wow! I’m so sorry to hear that. It’s very scary. Please tell your child, for every negative comment she reads, there are at least 100 people , 10000, a a million people who’d rather she live through this. Every life is a gift, every day is a new beginning. I agree with you

  13. I was bullied when I was in middle school. The most important thing for the school to do – if not already done – is to notify the bullies’ parents. In my home state of Virginia, the law now requires school administrators to contact the parents of school bullies. Perhaps the other states should have the same law.

  14. I was bullied when I was in middle school. If kids bullied me at school, I would tell a teacher. If kids bullied me in the neighborhood, I would tell their parents. Bully victims should do the same because telling on kids who are picking on you is not being a tattletale

  15. This is outrageous behavior. Not acceptable, and should be embarrassing for the girls involved, and their parents. The bullying needs to stop! For the victim… keep on living, you have a right to be yourself.

  16. Skip going to the school. File a complaint with state police. Local police are too likely to know & want to protect the bullies. Keep filing every time something happens. Keep records. Sue school for not providing safe learning environment.

    Do not count on the school to do anything. They will sweep it under the rug. They might say they’ll do something, but they won’t.

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