Father speaks out following death of 9-year-old girl

Jefferson County Sheriff police tape

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Birmingham Police are investigating the death of a little girl Tuesday.  

9-year-old Madison Whitsett died at Children’s Hospital on Monday, November 12, the Jefferson County Coroner’s office confirms. Police are investigating for further details. On social media, people who knew the family said her death was linked to bullying. 

The Birmingham City Schools released a statement in reaction to Madison’s death.

“Our school community is deeply saddened by the recent passing of student Madison Whittsett.” 

The statement continues to say the counselors and district-level support staff, trained to help students, parents and school personnel at difficult times, have been on-site at the impacted school today to provide assistance to students and staff in need of support in processing this tragedy. 

Madison was a 4th grader at Martha Gaskins Elementary School. Reports of her being bullied at school have circulated around Birmingham and on social media. 

PR Specialist Adrienne Mitchell with Birmingham City Schools released a statement saying that BCS has not identified a school bullying issue in connection with the recent passing of the student at Martha Gaskins Elementary School. 

Her father, James Whittsett struggles with that being the reason his little girl took her own life and is demanding answers. 

“I want the answers just like everybody else, and I want them bad,” says James Whittsett. 

Family and friends will have a vigil for Madison this Sunday November 18. It will be held at the Firefighter’s Union Hall at 6 p.m.

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