Black Child Kills Herself After Being Bullied At School In The UK: A Birmingham family has been mourning the loss of their nine-year-old daughter, who committed herself after being bullied at her school.
According to AL.com, Eugenia Williams, the deceased’s mother, discovered her daughter, Maddison “Maddie” Whittsett, in her closet after she had purposefully hanged herself, according to the report.
When Williams discovered Whittsett’s body, she had intended to take her to Chick-fil-A (Whittsett’s favorite restaurant) for a mother-daughter bonding experience. When she saw Whittsett, she immediately began performing CPR. Whittsett was brought to the hospital, where she was placed on life support, but she died on Monday.
Whittsett, according to her parents, suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and was ridiculed at school on occasion, with classmates calling her “stupid” and “dumb,” according to the parents.
Her educational needs were fulfilled with special attention at school, and her parents even stated that they met with the principal, who stated that her problems had been resolved. However, the victim’s family claims that their daughter just had a particularly horrible day at school, which they believe may have contributed to her decision to commit suicide.
According to one of Maddie’s pals, Maddie had had a horrible day at the office. Maddie was bullied, according to a friend, and she appeared to be depressed while being bullied, according to Whittsett’s stepfather, Jimmie Williams.
“It had to have been a long and exhausting day for her.”
“All she wanted was to be your friend,” she explained. He explained that she wished to be everyone’s friend and that she desired that everyone be happy. “We witnessed it in everything she did,” says the group.
The parents are hopeful that their story will raise awareness about the dangers of bullying and encourage other parents to look out for the warning flags in their children’s behavior.
“Perhaps you may look around and see if anything is going on. Keep an eye out for shifts in attitude. Changes in behavior are taking place. Be there for them and provide your support,” Jimmie urged.
As a result of the kid’s death, Whittsett School issued a statement saying, “Our school community is extremely saddened by the recent demise of a student.”
“The death of any young person is a devastating loss that has an impact on the entire school community, and we extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family of this young person.”
Sadly, this is one of many instances in which black youngsters have taken their own lives as a result of various circumstances such as bullying. A’layah Weatherspoon, nine years old at the time, was discovered hanging from her brand new bunk bed with a leather belt around her neck in January. She passed away a few days later.
In third grade, A’layah attended Cooley Elementary School in Waterford, where her parents claim she was subjected to relentless bullying, which they believe had a role in her decision to commit herself.
An 8-year-old girl named Imani McCray committed herself in her New Jersey home, and only a few weeks earlier, an 11-year-old boy named Rylan Thai Hagan committed suicide by hanging himself from the bunk bed in his family’s Washington, D.C., home.
In recent years, the names of black girls and boys who have committed suicide have made news due to their ethnicity. According to new research, the suicide rate among children aged 5 to 12 is approximately twice as high among black children as it is among white children.
White Americans, particularly white males, had higher reported suicide rates than black Americans, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When it comes to black children, though, the statistics are quite different. Black adolescents commit suicide at a rate that is nearly double that of white adolescents in the early 1990s, according to the American Medical Association.
According to the findings of the study, the suicide incidence among black males climbed by 95 percent during a two-decade period. In the year 2016, at least 48 black children between the ages of 6 and 14 committed suicide, according to statistics.
Mental health challenges in children can be caused by a variety of factors, including bullying and family instability, as well as by other biological factors, such as a family history of mental health illnesses, among others. However, studies have found that race-based harassment has a negative influence on the mental well-being of black children, and that this should not be neglected in this population.
American Psychological Association (APA) urges parents to be on the lookout for warning signals such as changes in behavior or personality, communication of an enthusiasm for death, changes in sleep patterns and food habits, fear of losing control, and other indicators.