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9-year-old Black girl took her own life after racist bullying from class

Mary Scott
Dec 12, 2018
10:43 A.M.
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An Alabama family has been thrown into mourning after their nine-year-old daughter committed suicide. The family says her death has to do with continuous bullying from her school.

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While most families are preparing for the holidays, the Adams’ clan is getting ready to bury nine-year-old McKenzie Adams who was a victim of bullying.

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McKenzie, a fourth-grade student at U.S. Jones elementary school in Demopolis, was found dead on December 3, after she hung herself.

McKenzie’s mother, Jasmine Adams, told CBS 42 that her daughter informed her teachers and assistant principal several times about the bullying.

“She told me that this one particular child was writing her nasty notes in class. It was just things you wouldn't think a nine-year-old should know. And my baby used to tell me some of the things they said to her. I was like where are they learning this from?”

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McKenzie was transferred from a school in Linden because she was being bullied, and sadly, she faced the same thing at U.S. Jones elementary.

Jasmine believes the bullying was racially-motivated. McKenzie drove to school with a white family and her aunt, Edwinna Harris, confirmed Jasmine’s belief to Tuscaloosa News, revealing:

“She [McKenzie] was being bullied the entire school year, with words such as ‘kill yourself,’ ‘you think you’re white because you ride with that white boy,’ ‘you ugly,’ ‘black [expletive],’ ‘just die.’”

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Edwinna, a TV host in Atlanta, now plans to use her platform to speak against bullying and help other children like her niece who may feel helpless.

The Demopolis City Schools attorney, Alex Brasswell, earlier assured that the case is under investigation and that they are working closely with the Demopolis and Linden police department.

In a subsequent statement, Brasswell revealed that they found no reports of bullying by either the student or the family.

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"We have concluded our internal investigation to the allegations of bullying which led to this senseless death. There have been no findings of any reports of bullying by either the student or family,” the statement read. “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.”

The bereaved mom insists that the school system let her daughter and their family down. "I just felt that our trust was in them that they would do the right thing," she said, "And it feels like to me it wasn't done."

Harris said McKenzie had an “outgoing personality, loved math and science and wanted to be a scientist.”

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the Adams family during this difficult time.

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