10-year-old Commits Suicide Because of Bullying.12:43 am - 11/14/2011
RIDGE FARM -- The devastated mother of 10-year-old Ashlynn Conner spoke up about the bullying that she says led to her daughter's suicide. Stacy Conner broke down, as she recounted how kids at school and around the neighborhood would tease the girl.
"They'd call her a slut," said a tearful Conner, "Ashlynn's ugly. She's fat."
Conner, a single mother, says it's been going on for years. She knew her daughter was picked on, but she didn't know what to do. They had talked about the bullying before, but Conner says Ashlynn never told her things were this bad. The girl had asked to be home-schooled after coming home Thursday. When her mother said no, Ashlynn's sister found her the next day in a bedroom closet. She had hanged herself with a scarf.
"I thought my kids were strong," sobbed Conner, "That my words to them for guidance and advice would have more weight than what these kids were saying. I was wrong."
Ashlynn Conner was a 5th grader at Ridge Farm Elementary. She recently made it onto the school's Honor Roll and aspired to become a veterinarian.
"She loved animals," said her Grandmother, Lory Hackney. "She didn't want to see any of them sick or hurting."
WCIA reached out to the Georgetown Ridge Farm School District. No one was available this weekend, but they did issue a news release.
"The Board of Education is very saddened at the tragic loss of one of our children. Our hearts go out to her family in this time of loss, said the release. The district said counselors would also be available Monday to speak with students and family.
Ashlynn Conner's family is heartbroken. They're still struggling to cope with the loss, hoping that sharing Ashlynn's story can keep it from happening to someone else.
"I don't know what its gonna take to stop it," said Conner, "but no child should ever feel like they have to kill themselves to stop that kind of pain."
This happened not too far from where I live. She's so young and it's so upsetting that kids are killing themselves at younger and younger ages. I have a sister who is just a few months younger than her.