Mother of 9-year-old who committed suicide speaks out

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DEMOPOLIS, Ala. (WIAT) — The story of the 9-year-old McKenzie Adams who committed suicide is gaining national coverage as the Demopolis City School System released a report saying they have concluded “their internal investigation about the allegations of bullying” which led to her death.

McKenzie’s mother, Jasmine Adams, continues to say bullying led to her daughter’s suicide. And she believes the school did not do enough to protect McKenzie who took her own life last week. Adams says her daughter was a constant target of racial taunts and name-calling.

“My baby, she was happy, she was joyful, she’d walk in a room, just — her eyes — just brightens up a room,” Adams said. 

Adams says after her daughter McKenzie started the fourth grade at U.S. Jones Elementary School, the nine-year-old started complaining about problems with her classmates. She says one boy would write McKenzie notes in class.

“I know one particular time he called her the “n” word, and the “b” word,” Adams said.

The results of a police investigation are still pending, but so far police report says they have found no evidence the school knew of the bullying. The Demopolis City School System offered its condolences to the family, but says its own internal investigation concluded “there have been no findings of any reports of bullying either the student or family.” 

The death of 9-year-old McKenzie is part of a sobering trend in the United States. According to the American Society of Pediatrics, suicide is is the second leading cause of death among young people. The suicide rate for children ages 5 to 14 has almost tripled since 2007, experts report. 

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