9-year-old McKenzie Adams hanged herself after constant harassment and bullying over her friendship with a white boy. Her fourth-grade classmates relentlessly taunted her over the fact that his family would drive her to school.
It doesn’t get more tragic than this.
The child’s grandmother found her in her home in Linden, Alabama. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare.
Jasmine Adams, McKenzie’s mother, told CBS 42, “She told me that this one particular child was writing her nasty notes in class. It was just things you wouldn’t think a 9-year-old should know.”
“Part of it could have been because she rode to school with a white family,” Adams continued. “And a lot of it was race, some of the student bullies would say to her ‘why you riding with white people you’re black, you’re ugly.”
“You should just die,” her mother said the students would say.
How could anyone – even kids – be so cruel?
“You should just die”
This baby was 9‼️ and herself because her classmates picked on her for catching a ride with a white classmate to school they picked on her and called her ugly and out her name and she felt helpless and hopeless and took her life because of words. Her name was McKenzie Adams😭💔 pic.twitter.com/SlVqhclqT8
— 💣BombAssBee💋 (@boujieeBee) December 11, 2018
The girl’s aunt, Eddwina Harris, also told Tuscaloosa News, “She 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 b-tch,’ ‘just die.”
The family says McKenzie had transferred to a different school after the constant bullying at her school in Linden.
Now, the family feels like the education system failed them.
“I just felt that our trust was in them that they would do the right thing,” Adams told CBS 42, “And it feels like to me it wasn’t it wasn’t done.”
Adam’s aunt says the nine-year-old wanted to be a scientist when she grew up. Harris now plans to speak out against school bullying. “There are so many voiceless kids,” Eddwina Harris told Tuscaloosa News.
“God is opening great doors for justice for my niece.”
We should all do more to speak out against bullying so that tragedies like this poor child’s death never happen again.
The funeral for McKenzie Adams will be held at her school, U.S. Jones elementary in Demopolis, Alabama on Saturday.