In this mid-term assignment, you should have already completed all the reading. If not, please go back and read before beginning this assignment.
1. Discuss what the article states bullying is. (this must be in your own words from the reading, references, correct grammar)
2. Locate an incident on bullying then:
- Create a powerpoint on the following. no less than 10 slides
- Give the details of the article (when, where, names, etc.)
- Give your opinion of the article
9-year old girl commits suicide after months of being bullied at her school
McKenzie Adams sadly committed suicide after being bullied in school. (Courtesy / Adams)
McKenzie Adams, a 4th grader at U.S. Jones Elementary School in Alabama, died last week after she hung herself in their home. Her family blames racist bullying that apparently occurred at her school, and they believe it led her to take her own life. However, the school claims they found no evidence of bullying.
Jasmine Adams, McKenzieâ€™s mother, was grieving for the death of her daughter. She said that McKenzie was being bullied at school and she told her teachers and her assistant principal about it.
â€œShe told me that this one particular child was writing her nasty notes in class,â€ Jasmine told CBS 42. â€œIt was just things you wouldnâ€™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, â€˜Where are they learning this from?â€™â€
On December 3, McKenzieâ€™s grandmother found her inside the bathroom in their house in Linden where she hung herself. She was rushed to the hospital where she later died.
Jasmine said she felt the school did not do anything to prevent it from happening. She said, â€œI just felt that our trust was in them that they would do the right thing. And it feels like to me it wasnâ€™t done.â€
She believed that her daughter being Black played a factor in the bullying. She claimed, â€œPart 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, â€˜Why you riding with white people? Youâ€™re black, youâ€™re ugly. You should just die.â€™â€
Demopolis City Schools conducted an investigation and denied that McKenzie was bullied. In a statement, Demopolis City School System attorney Alex Braswell said that â€œthere have been no findings of any reports of bullying by either the student or family. The findings of this internal investigation are consistent with the results of the investigation of the Linden (Alabama) Police Department at this point in time.â€
â€œCertainly our hearts go out to the family and friends of Mckenzie and her fellow students as well as her teachers,â€ the statement added.
The family has set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for The McKenzie Foundation to support other children who are being bullied. So far, it has raised over $11,000 out of its $20,000 goal.