9-year-old Alabama girl commits suicide after being bullied with racist taunts, her family says

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A nine-year-old girl from Alabama committed suicide after she was bullied at school with racist taunts, her family told Tuscaloosa News.

McKenzie Nicole Adams’s aunt, Eddwina Harris, told the local newspaper that the fourth grade student had been bullied by other students at the U.S. Jones Elementary School in Demopolis, Ala., for “the entire school year.”

“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—-,’ ‘just die,’ ” Harris said. 

{mosads}Harris told the paper that the bullying stemmed from a friendship her niece shared with a boy at her school.

McKenzie’s mother, Jasmine Adams, told WIAT CBS 42 in Birmingham, Ala., that her daughter had notified her teachers and her assistant principal about the bullying.

Jasmine Adams said her daughter’s body was later discovered by the child’s grandmother after she hanged herself last week in their home in Linden, Ala.

Adams told the local CBS station that the bullying began again shortly after her daughter transferred to the school. She had reportedly also been bullied at her previous school.

“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,” Adams said. “And my baby, to tell me some of the things they had said to her, I was like, ‘Where are they learning this from?’ ”

Adams said she feels like her family was let down by the education system.

“I just felt that our trust was in them that they would do the right thing,” Adams said, “And it feels like to me it wasn’t. It wasn’t done.” 

Alex Brasswell, the city schools attorney, told WIAT the case remains under investigation.

“Certainly our hearts [sic] goes out to the family and friends of McKenzie and her fellow students as well as her teachers,” Brasswell said.

“Demopolis school system has provided grief counselors and crisis counselors at the school, and ministers and youth ministers have been at the campus since the date of this incident. And we certainly want to extend those services to any students and teachers on our campus as they go through this healing process,” he added.

McKenzie’s family said she had an outgoing personality and wanted to one day become a scientist.

A memorial service for the young girl will reportedly be held at the elementary school on Friday.

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