Ashawnty Davis was just standing up for herself two weeks before she took her life.
The parents of the 10-year-old Colorado girl said their daughter was defending herself against a bullying peer during a fight caught on camera by a fellow student. Video of the October altercation was later uploaded to the Music.ly app. The young girl only endured more bullying after the app circulated among her peers at Sunrise Elementary School in Aurora, CO.
Two weeks after the altercation, Ashawnty came home and hung herself in a closet. She was placed on life support for two weeks at the Colorado Children’s Hospital until Wednesday morning.
“She was just a child of joy and she brought joy to everyone,” her father Anthony Davis told KDVR. “It’s just devastating.”
Her parents are referring to the tragic death as a case of “bullycide” in which people take their lives as a result of bullying.
“I want other parents to know that it’s happening,” Ashawnty’s mother Latoisha Harris said. “That was my baby and I love my baby and I just want mothers to listen.”
DoSomething.org reports 1 in 65,000 children between the ages of 10 and 14 commit suicide every year.