A beautiful 9-year-old Alabama girl has taken her own life after enduring racist bullying at school.
McKenzie Adams was a straight A fourth-grade student at U.S. Jones elementary school in Demopolis, where she complained several times to her teachers and the assistant principal about being bullied by her classmates.
Jasmine Adams said kids were writing her daughter racist and hateful letters and would tell her she should “just die.”
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.
Part of it could have been because she rode to school with a white family. And a lot of it was race, some of the student bullies would say to her why you riding with white people your black, your ugly. You should just die.
On December 3, McKenzie’s grandmother found her after she had hung herself in their home.
What’s even more heartbreaking is Jasmine had moved McKenzie from another school because she was being bullied there and it began all over again at U.S. Jones.
Alex Brasswell, attorney for the City Schools says the case is under investigation.
We are working fully with the Demopolis and Linden police department. They are doing a joint investigation of these allegations.
We are cooperating fully and I can’t comment on any of the aspects of the investigation until they conclude it.
He added that the entire situation is sad and senseless.
Certainly, our hearts go out to the family and friends of Mckenzie and her fellow students as well as her teachers.
Demopolis school system has provided grief councilors and crisis councilors at the school since this 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.
McKenzie Adams’ funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 15 at 11 at U.S. Jones Elementary School, the same place where she was bullied and no one did anything to stop it.
Please take a moment today to talk to your children about bullying and being bullied.
My sincerest condolences and prayers to all who loved sweet McKenzie.