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10-Year-Old Girl Commits Suicide After Intense Bullying

10-Year-Old Girl Commits Suicide After Intense Bullying

Just yesterday I wrote about a 10-year-old girl in Mexico who became a mother far too young.

Now today, I sadly have another tragedy to report about another girl far too young to endure so much.

Meet Ashlynn Conner, a 10-year-old girl from east central Illinois who took her own life after intense bullying at school. After enduring years of teasing and being called a slut, fat, and ugly, among other insults, Conner asked her mother to be home-schooled. Her mother denied her request and the very next day Conner’s sister found her hanging in her closet by a scarf.

“I don’t know what its gonna take to stop it, but no child should ever feel like they have to kill themselves to stop that kind of pain,” said Conner’s mother who is devastated by the loss.

Conner was a student with promise. She was on the school’s Honor Roll and had aspirations to become a veterinarian.

Not An Isolated Incident

Unfortunately, Conner is not alone.  Suicide linked to bullying is a tragic problem and one that we cover extensively at Care2. Take for example the following stories:

Alarming Statistics Related to Suicide & Bullying

Statistics related to suicide and bullying are alarming.

  • Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims
  • 10 to 14 year old girls may be at even higher risk for suicide
  • Nearly 30% of students are either bullies or victims of bullying
  • 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying

Suicide, at any age, is a tragedy. Strict anti-bullying laws in schools across the country are needed to ensure that bullying is taken seriously so that suicide is not the last resort for anyone.

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3:17AM PDT on Jun 7, 2013

Human stupidity and cruelty can be boundless at times!

5:50AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

9 year old girls that give birth.
10 year old girls that commit suicide.
This world of ours is going straight to destruction!

7:43PM PDT on May 22, 2012

I just got a text 15 mins ago from my best friend saying she tried to commit suicide and dropped out of school because of bullies. I had no idea this was going on she didnt tell anyone. This needs to be taken care of

6:12AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Bullying should be a chargeable offense. Offenders should be dealt with severely. Conservative parents should receive therapy and education to prevent their children from bullying further.

4:38AM PST on Mar 2, 2012

very sad

6:14PM PST on Mar 1, 2012

This is so tragic,my heart goes out to her family.
I hate reading articles like this,and they only seem to be more and more common,what will it take to stop it???

12:24PM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Bullying is the hardest thing I have ever gone through. Nothing wears you down more than the constant fear of humiliation and upset- and every day you find yourself living for the weekend. All I can say is I am disgusted at the people who act in a manner purely to hurt others to entertain themselves.

10:00AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Absolutely tragic.

2:39AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Thanks.

5:41PM PST on Feb 28, 2012

Sickening. If you see or hear someone bullying another, speak up.
And that goes for both adults and children. That may take courage but doing nothing does not excuse you from blame. Action must be taken in order to shame the bully and teach him/her that it is unacceptable behavior.

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