The family of a 9-year-old suicide victim is speaking out to spread awareness of mental health issues and anti-bullying in schools.

McKenzie Adams’ grandmother found her granddaughter lifeless in her home on Monday. The fourth grader had hanged herself, reports Tuscaloosa News.

According to the Alabama family, bullying led to McKenzie’s death.

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The child’s mother, Jasmine Adams, told CBS 42 that numerous times, she had warned teachers and the assistant principal of U.S. Jones elementary school that her daughter was being harassed at school over a friendship with a white family.

Adams recalled:

“She told me that this one particular child was writing her nasty notes in class.  It was just things you wouldn’t think a 9-year-old should know. And my baby to tell me some of the things they had said to her I was like where are they learning this from.”

The girl’s mother said her classmates would tease her for taking rides to school with her friend’s family, who happens to be white. She said:

“She was being bullied the entire school year, with words such as ‘kill yourself,’ ‘you think you’re white because you ride with that white boy,’ ‘you ugly,’ ‘black b**ch,’ ‘just die.’”

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Jasmine believes the school district could have done more to prevent the senseless tragedy.

The district’s attorney Alex Brasswell said the school is cooperating with the Linden Police Department in a joint investigation of the incident. The Demopolis city school officials extended its heartfelt condolences to McKenzie’s family.

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Students who are bullied are two to nine times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims according to one statistic. Nearly 4,600 young people between the ages of ten and 24 have lost their lives to suicide each year, according to a recent report.

During a memorial service held Sunday, several organizations spoke on suicide prevention to combat bullying within the community, reports WBRC.

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24 Replies to “Parents of a 9-Year-Old Say She Committed Suicide After Classmates Taunted Her for Having a White Friend”

  • Will 2 years ago

    When I was elementary school about 40 years ago; it seem so hard to conceive/believe that a kid can be put under so much pressure to kill themselves back then. Children have to taught to respect their schoolmates feelings. You know that old saying “sticks & stones may break my bones, but word can never hurt them”. We know now that is not so true now. Maybe parents need to be in the classrooms to assists the teachers. To help monitor the kids reactions around one another.

    • Matthew Garrison 2 years ago

      Words only have the power over you that you give them. Teach your children accordingly.

    • Betty 2 years ago

      Well, 32 years ago I took my girl out of public school and homeschooled her because she also tried to kill herself because of bullying at school. She would be sitting by herself minding her own business ansd they would come up behind her and harrasse her. Even wanted to know why she did not kill herself. School knew and did nothing. Said that I could not homeschool so I did it thru their Independent study program. Told them to let her have it or I would take it to the state. 12 years ago the same thing happened wirh her oldest. Bullied at class and on the playground until he acted up to get kicked out. Ended up in a Christian private school Independent study program.

      • Rachel 2 years ago

        I teach my children just this but I also pray for them daily. However, my mother taught me the same thing but when you hear it over and over again but different people it can take a hold of you, especially if you’re a child.

  • Lisa Smith 2 years ago

    This story is absolutely horrible. Why is racism tolerated when it’s committed by non-whites? Where are these children learning to be so racist? I grieve for this poor child and her family.

    • Peter M 2 years ago

      Totally agree.

    • Betty 2 years ago

      I was wondering the same thing. All we hear aboiut is white racism. There is black racism and racism by every other race there is. They don’t come any more racists than BLM and the Klan. I love my church because we have white, brown and black together in Christ,

  • R-U-KIDDING-ME 2 years ago

    I think this would be a wonderful opportunity to pause for a moment and give thanks for the great contributions of the black community to our society. Their peaceful and generous nature make them ideal neighbors, lending testimony to their exceptional family values and parenting skills unrivaled by any other culture. Their commitment to academic excellence enriches our schools and serves as an example to all who hope to achieve prominence as a people. Real estate values are fueled by the mix of African Americans into an area due to their caring and respectful nature of these communities, an example of all they have achieved through their enthusiasm for self improvement by hard work and a self-reliant can-do nature. Without their industrious and creative drive, we would be poorer as a nation. Lets not forget their unique ability to defuse any type of confrontation while lowering hyperbolic confabulation.

    • Peter M 2 years ago

      R u kidding me? Where do you live? Some utopia delusion? Many black communities that I know of and experienced suffer from all kinds of “bad,” mostly self doing. Look at Chicago south side. Look at NY ghettos. Look at L.A. South Central. They r perpetually put in that position by dem progressive agenda, keeping them segregated and “in place.” Dems want votes for gov’t handout. Result? Dysfunctional families and broken community!

      Having said that, I pray the best for the family. May this beautiful child rest in peace, in God’s loving arms, who obviously has been tortured by reverse discrimination, which runs rampant these days. Thanks to all the media and identity politics and all the adults in the family who buy into this crap.

      • Bat Fang 2 years ago

        Peter M, I believe Kidding is being sarcastic. Mimicking the fake news that permeates our airwaves.

  • Matthew Garrison 2 years ago

    the expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.
    ““Don’t go overboard with the gratitude,” he rejoined with heavy irony”
    synonyms: sarcasm, causticity, cynicism, mockery, satire, sardonicism
    “that note of irony in her voice”
    a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result.
    plural noun: ironies
    “the irony is that I thought he could help me”
    synonyms: paradox, incongruity, incongruousness
    “the irony of the situation”
    a literary technique, originally used in Greek tragedy, by which the full significance of a character’s words or actions are clear to the audience or reader although unknown to the character.
    noun: dramatic irony

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Peter M. You are spot on! Couldn’t have said it better. Racism is LEARNED and then passed on. Politicians fuel this constantly. This beautiful child paid the ultimate price because of adult actions passed to THEIR children. You are in Gods arms now my child. The sad part is the racist drum beat will go on.

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      Exactly I agree, The people they learned it from are also responsible for her death as far as I’m concerned

      • Jennifer 2 years ago

        I agree as well.the parents/guardians or so forth should never teach the children to behave in that manner of bullying and in this day in time this should not still be a problem much less with our children.shame on u ones whoever you are that taught and put up with their child bullying another child. U have to be pure scared in this day in time to even send ur children to school it’s a dang shame the whole world is messed up.god will deal with the parents of this beautiful little girl who has went to be the perfect angel, I’m truly sorry from the bottom of my heart for this I’ll keep u in my prayers each day.may good be with you all who knew this beautiful little girl ?I’m sorry for ur loss my daughter is 11yrs old and it’s so scary to even think this could happen.i hope the child and parents of the bully get the maximum sentence there is.god bless u all?????????☹️????

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Bullies should be kicked out of school period. I was a victim of them as a child repeatedly victims parents come to school on behalf of their kids “We’ll look into it, we’ll talk to them” blah, blah
    nothing’s actually done bullies basically get a free pass this is why tragedies like this happen

    RIP beautiful angel

  • Sharon 2 years ago

    Racism is racism, no matter who practices same..bullying is also just that-no matter who the perp or perps may be. School teachers and administrators always say they cannot fully stop bullying. I do NOT believe this to be so, and think more aggressive actions to stop it should always be employed. SO sad for this beautiful little girl, and her family, and so senseless, too!

  • bologna 2 years ago

    There must have been a different reason for this little girl to kill herself. Black people are never racist. Reverend Jackson and Al Sharpton said so!!

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    This breaks my heart, she is a beautiful girl with a beautiful heart! So sad

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I’d love to see the children & the parents of those children that bullied this girl charged to the fullest extent of the law.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Something about this story is just not adding up. I have a hard time believing that a nine yr old would commit suicide in this manner. Also its hard for me to believe that this child would not have had symptoms of depression this severe prior to a suicide.Why didnt her mother get her treatment for depression before she committed suicide?

  • Michelle 2 years ago

    Those bullies need to be held responsible for their actions! It’s just that simple! If it weren’t for their actions that girl would still be breathing today, period! If these sort of things are continued to be allowed than more deaths are surely to follow!! Let’s not allow that to happen!!

  • Gerri 2 years ago

    It is Soo shocking to hear that someone would tell a precious child to kill themself. Where does this hatred come from. The golden rule should be, Mind Your Own Business, and respect one another. Telling someone to kill themselves is a sign of not using your heart and soul to interact with others. Those are the most vile words. They are worse than the worst swear word spoken. Imagine going to school every day
    And being bullied by your so called class mates everyday. It is sickening and disgusting, and it breaks my heart to know that this precious little girl had to face that vicious cruelty and insanity every day. I can’t even wrap my brain around this form of cruelty.

  • Kristi Harris Smith 2 years ago

    Racism is not the biggest issue here, and I am not naive to the fact that it has been a major problem throughout this country. The bigger problem is that there are parents of every race whio have neglected to teach their children how to be good people. They dont teach either by way of speech or example, nor do they discipline their children for any wrongdoing. Parents themselves have no respect for the rights of every person to live happily in peace so their children have no respect for it either. I remember when getting in trouble away from home was nothing compared to the punishment recieved when parents were told what their child had done. And it wasnt even so much the punishment that we feared, but the disappointment we saw in our parents eyes, that we had let them down with our actions. Children dont seem to care about that anymore.
    My love and prayers for McKenzie and her family. No parent or grandparent should ever have to find a child they love so much like that. God bless and keep you all! So sorry for your loss.

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