10-year-old girl attempts suicide before her birthday and devastated mum blames school bullies
A heartbroken mother shared a picture of her daughter taken after her suicide attempt. She tried to end her life by taking pills because the bullying wouldn’t stop.
The day before her birthday, 10-year-old Lilly-Jo admitted to taking tablets after her mother realized something was wrong. Jess rushed to the Worcestershire Royal Hospital where she immediately received treatment.
Recently Lilly-Jo had been reluctant to eat and had also become withdrawn. Her mother, Jess Brown noticed changes in her behavior since starting at Witton Middle School, Droitwich, in September and said:
“She’s been going downhill, not eating, a lot more tired than she used to be. We’re backward and forwards to the doctors. She admitted she was being bullied straight away.”
Lilly-Jo Caldcott's distraught mum Jess posted heartbreaking pictures of her little girl in a hospital bed after overdosing on painkillers https://t.co/Khkb7UPlqj— The Daily Record (@Daily_Record) November 14, 2018
One girl, in particular, had pulled her hair, smacked her, pushed her, shut her locker door on her head, stomped on her foot while broken, to name but a few incidents.
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Over the period of the last 12 weeks Jess has frequented the school with regards to Lilly-Jo being bullied but felt like nothing had been resolved and added:
“My daughter is fighting for her life because of bullying. We will not be sending her back to the school; it’s not worth the risk. The doctor said if we had left her two more weeks, she would be dead. I’m not going to bury my child.”
She should have been celebrating her tenth birthday. Instead, Lilly-Jo Caldecott spent the day lying distraught in a hospital bed after taking an overdose following months of playground bullying. https://t.co/zC0wRXQKxf— IOL News (@IOL) November 15, 2018
The headteacher of Witton Middle School, Cath Crossley said:
"We were made aware of these bullying allegations and took immediate action, following the relevant school policies and procedures. This school takes all allegations of bullying extremely seriously; this includes racist, homophobic, gender-based or bullying related to disabilities. Our school maintains a strict anti-bullying policy, which can be accessed on our school website.”
Cath Crossley went on to state what they are doing to combat the issue of bullying and added:
"This week is Anti-Bullying Week 2018, and we are fully supporting it. Pupils will also be undertaking some classroom learning on the theme of anti-bullying. Our thoughts go out to Lilly-Jo and her family at this difficult time."
Only a few days ago another young girl tried to take her own life. Unfortunately, she succeeded. On November 9 Madison came home after having a bad day at school. She went to her room and hung herself in her closet. Her mother, Eugenia Williams found her shortly after.
Eugenia was aware of previous incidents where Madison got called ‘stupid’ and ‘dumb,’ but they met with the principal regarding the matter and thought the situation got handled.
Bullying has devastating effects, touching the lives of many around them, but when it touched the lives of Kate and Tick Everett, they decided to make a difference.
The Everett’s lost their daughter to suicide on January 3 after the bullying became too much. The couple from the Northern Territory in Australia asked for schools to account for bullying under a national framework.
Alarmingly the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 - 44 in Australia is suicide. It is not something that rises to the topic of conversation; the Everett’s want to change that.
Tick and Kate have started a foundation, Dolly’s Dream, their aim is to establish a national framework for schools to address bullying. It is something we should all pay attention to, underlying issues need addressing, and tragedies like these should be avoided, and like the cliche likes to say; charity begins at home.
Teach your child about bullying and to seek help if they are being bullied.
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