While many see bullying as an adolescent rite of passage, for those who suffer through it, it’s almost unbearable. Over the past few years we’ve heard about several children and teens committing suicide because they couldn’t cope with the emotional trauma of being bullied.

Last week, Ashlynn Conner–a 5th grader from Illinois–was buried after she committed suicide, and in the same week, another 10-year-old, Jasmine McClain, took her own life because she was being bullied.

Jasmine McClain hung herself and died in her mother’s arms after incessant bullying in her North Carolina school. Jasmine’s mother, Samantha West, says her daughter was “sweet and loving” and she had no clue her child was under so much emotional distress.

“I just lost it because she took her last breath in my arms,” West said. “She was a loving child. I just don’t understand.”

After Jasmine’s suicide, many were looking for answers. After her death was ruled a suicide, police were preparing to close the case when they happened on a Facebook page created in her honor. After several messages indicated little Jasmine was bullied, police kept the investigation going.

Police Chief Steven Shaw said, “Children started coming forward and making accusations that she was bullied – and bullied bad – in school.” He continued, “Everyone that we have spoken to, there are little indicators – not huge indications – but small indications that she was not happy.”

According to WRAL: “State lawmakers passed two anti-bullying laws two years ago. One made online bullying of children a misdemeanor, while the other required school districts to adopt policies to prohibit bullying without specifying the punishment for violators.”

So far, it’s unclear if anyone can be directly held responsible for Jasmine’s death, but it’s clear bullying was a major factor. Local police, as well as school officials, are investigating.

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  • I would just like to say how sorry I am to the family and mother of this little angel…it is sad that what this world has become…it makes tears fall from my eyes being a mother myself…im at a loss for words Rest In Heaven Jasmine

    • lynae

      she was so cute im so so sorry i wish she was here to let her mother kno who did this to her. but time will tell and then justice will happen

  • lynae

    i feel so bad i hate to see and hear stuff like this these kids now a days need to see what bullying can do scare them kids so they will kno what happens when someone cant take the words and pain that bullying makes

  • aww may God bless your family . this has made me realize that i am a bystander but that is going to change today. i am 12 and this was my first year in middle school and i have witnessed alot of bullying and all i did was watch .i never really realized that bullying can take a persons life away . anybody who is getting bullied dont let anyone bring you down just remember that God has your back and that nomatter what as long as you beleive in God you will always have a Friend a father a mother and family because God is all of those thing . God bless you all.