It is heartbreaking to inform that Ashawnty Davis who hung herself after a video of her getting bullied was posted online, had died after 2 weeks in hospital.
Ashawnty was on life support for two weeks, but she sadly passed away at Children’s Hospital Colorado on Wednesday following her attempted suicide.
Anthony Davis, her father told KDVR-TV:
“It’s just devastating. She was just a child of joy and she brought joy to everyone.”
In this video, Ashawnty was seen to fight with another girl and a group of children gathered around them to watch. Latoshia Harris, mother of Ashawnty asserts that a girl was bullying her daughter and she was confronting her.
“I saw my daughter was scared”.
Davis and Harris showed KDVR-TV the clip that broadcasted several parts of it. But the images of the children were blurred out.
“She was devastated when she found out that it had made it to Musical.ly”
Soon after the video was posted in Musical.ly, things got worse. The girl had to confront persistent bullying and teasing at school, as per Ashawnty’s parents. They exclaimed that the abuse that Ashawnty faced made her turn into a completely unrecognizable individual.
Davis and Harris are advocating all other parents for looking out for the gestures of ‘bullycide’. People use this term when children are driven to suicide due to bullying.
“We have to stop it and we have to stop it within our kids’.
“I want other parents to know that it’s happening. That was my baby and I love my baby and I just want mothers to listen.”
The Cherry Creek School District that has jurisdiction over the Sunrise Elementary passed a statement.
The district asserted:
“This is a heartbreaking loss for the school community, Mental health supports will be made available for any students who need help processing the loss.
We do not tolerate bullying of any kind in our schools and we have a comprehensive bullying prevention program in place at all of our schools.
The safety and well-being of students is our highest priority and we strive every today to ensure schools are safe, welcoming and supportive places that support learning.
We were made aware of that video when a media outlet approached us with it. We took immediate action in response, turning the video over to police and addressing the matter with students.
It should also be noted that the video did not take place during school hours”.