A nine-year-old girl from Alabama committed suicide last week after she was relentlessly bullied by classmates “with words such as ‘kill yourself,’ ‘you think you’re white because you ride with that white boy,’ ‘you ugly,’ ‘black b—-,’ ‘just die’,” her family told the Tuscaloosa News.
McKenzie Nicole Adams’s aunt, Eddwina Harris, told the local newspaper that the fourth-grader had been viciously bullied “the entire school year” by other students at the U.S. Jones Elementary School in Demopolis, Ala.
McKenzie’s mother, Jasmine Adams, said her daughter’s body was discovered by her grandmother after she hung herself in their home in Linden, Ala.
Adams told WIAT CBS 42 in Birmingham, Ala. that her daughter had notified her teachers and her assistant principal about the bullying.
The fourth-grader transferred to the school after her mother and grandmother complained to the State Board of Education that she was being bullied at her elementary school in Linden, Harris said.
Adams said that the bullying began again shortly after her daughter transferred to the 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 school 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 local a local station that the case remains under investigation.
“Certainly our hearts 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 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,” 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. Her funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 15.