Aurora, CO — A fight video with an alleged bully is said to be the reason a Colorado mother and father’s 10-year-old daughter committed suicide. Ashawnty Davis, was only in fifth grade.
She was full of joy until that fateful October day when she got into a fight after school. That’s when everything changed, her parents told KDVR.
They say she had never been involved in a fight before that incident. Another student recorded the altercation and posted it on an app call Musical.ly.
In the video, other kids look on as Ashawnty and another girl fight. Ashawnty’s mother, Latoshia Harris, says her daughter had been standing up to the girl who had been bullying her.
“I saw my daughter was scared,” she said.
The video is hard to watch. But Ashawnty’s parents are sharing it with hopes that it helps other parents.
“She was devastated when she found out that it had made it to Musical.ly,” said her father, Anthony Davis.
“My daughter came home two weeks later and hanged herself in the closet,” said Harris.
She was on life support for two weeks after passing away Wednesday.
Her parents refer to her untimely death as “bullycide.” A term that is used when someone takes his or her own life as a result of bullying.
“We have to stop it, and we have to stop it within our kids,” said Davis.
“I want other parents to know it’s happening,” Harris said. “That was my baby, and I love my baby, and I just want mothers to listen.”
The school district released this statement regarding the incident:
“This is a heartbreaking loss for the school community. Mental health supports will be made available for any students who need help processing the loss.
We do not tolerate bullying of any kind in our schools and we have a comprehensive bullying prevention program in place at all of our schools. The safety and wellbeing of students is our highest priority and we strive every today to ensure schools are safe, welcoming and supportive places that support learning.
We were made aware of that video when a media outlet approached us with it. We took immediate action in response, turning the video over to police and addressing the matter with students.
It should also be noted that the video did not take place during school hours.”