A nine-year-old African American girl in Alabama committed suicide after being bullied by black kids because she dared to ride to school with a white person.
Little McKenzie Adams, a fourth grader at U.S. Jones Elementary School in Linden, Alabama, was found hanged in her home on December 3 and police are now looking into the death as an incident of bullying.
“Instead of shopping for Christmas, we’re picking out caskets for my 9-year-old,” the girl’s grandmother, Janice Adams, told ABC News.
Adams added that the little girl wanted to be a scientist when she grew up.
Linden’s police chief said that there are conflicting reports coming from the girl’s relatives and school administrators about whether or not school officials were told about the alleged bullying.
“According to (school officials), there was no report of bullying made to them officially. But the grandmother did say that she did make a report to the school … but right now, it’s unclear if it was an official report or a conversation,” Linden Police Chief Robert Alston told ABC News.
What did some of that bullying entail?
McKenzie’s aunt, Eddwina Harris, told The Tuscaloosa News that the bullying was centered around her niece’s friendship with a boy.
“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—-,’ ‘Just die,'” Harris told the local newspaper.
So, because this child rode to school with a white family, other blacks bullied her and tried to tell her she was not really black, all because she befriended a white person.
This is despicable.
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