9-year-old McKenzie Adams found dead from suicide after being bullied at school in Alabama
McKenzie’s grandmother found her body on December 3
Family members say McKenzie had been bullied in school for getting rides with a white family
Demopolis City Schools claim there are no reports of McKenzie being bullied at school
Since August The Daily haze has reported on two 9-year-old children that died from suicide after being bullied. Now a third 9-year-old has died from suicide after being bullied in Linden, Alabama.
On December 3, McKenzie Adams’ grandmother found the 9-year-old dead after she had hanged her herself. According to family members of the fourth-grader, McKenzie had been bullied at school since the beginning of this school year.
The Columbus Dispatch spoke with McKenzie’s aunt Edwinna Harris who is a television host in the area. Harris wants to use her platform to be a voice for children who are being bullied at school.
God has blessed me to help others with my platform, and now it’s time to help. There are so many voiceless kids. God is opening great doors for justice for my niece.
McKenzie was attending school at U.S. Jones Elementary School approximately 15 miles away in Demopolis. The young girl had transferred there after her mother and grandmother complained to the State Board of Education because McKenzie was being bullied at her elementary school in Linden. Unfortunately, the bullying did not stop after she switched schools.
McKenzie’s mother Jasmine Adams told CBS42 that she knows her daughter told teachers and the assistant principal a number of times that she was being bullied. Adams said there was one child in specific she knew was writing terrible notes to McKenzie.
She told me that this one particular child was writing her nasty notes in class. It was just things you wouldn’t think a 9-year-old should know. And my baby to tell me some of the things they had said to her I was like where are they learning this from.
The Demopolis City Schools Attorney Alex Brasswell said the case is under investigation and the school is fully cooperating with the Demopolis and Linden police.
We are working fully with the Demopolis and Linden police department. They are doing a joint investigation of these allegations. We are cooperating fully and I can’t comment on any of the aspects of the investigation until they conclude it.
Harris said a lot of the bullying stemmed from McKenzie’s race and a friendship with a Caucasian boy she rode to school with.
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 bitch,’ ‘just die.’
Brasswell released a full statement claiming their investigation found no evidence of reports that other students were bullying McKenzie.
We have concluded our internal investigation to the allegations of bullying which led to this senseless death. There have been no findings of any reports of bullying by either the student or family. The findings of this internal investigation are consistent with the results of the investigation of the Linden (Alabama) Police Department at this point in time. The Linden Police Department investigation is still pending. All further results will be disseminated as they become available. The Demopolis City School System will continue to have grief counselors, crisis counselors and mental health professionals available to all of our students and teachers.
Funeral services for McKenzie Adams will be held next Saturday at U.S. Jones elementary school in Demopolis at 11 a.m.
In August, TDH reported on 9-year-old Jamel Myles after he died by suicide. Jamel had told his mother that he believed he was gay. After receiving his mother’s blessing, Jamel was excited to tell his fellow students when school started. Jamel attended school at Joe Shoemaker School in Denver, Colorado.
After just four days back at school, his mother found him dead. Jamel had told his sister the other kids were making fun of him for being gay and were telling him to kill himself. Jamel’s mother Leia Pierce hopes that his death can be used as a reminder of the results of bullying.
Four days is all it took at school. I could just imagine what they said to him. My son told my oldest daughter the kids at school told him to kill himself. I’m just sad he didn’t come to me.
Last month, 9-year-old Madison “Maddie” Whittsett’s mother Eugenia Williams found her dead from a suicide also in Alabama. Maddie had come home from school and was excited to go eat at Chick-fil-A. Eugenia had called Maddie’s father, Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Lt. Jimmie Williams, to let him know of their plans.
After that call, Eugenia received a call from a friend. The mother finished that call and got ready to go but when she called Maddie, she did not answer. After looking for Maddie outside, Eugenia went to her room where the TV was on but her daughter was not in front of it. While going to close the closet door, Eugenia saw Maddie hanging in the closet.
Maddie ended up passing away due to weather preventing her from being airlifted to a hospital more capable of providing the care she needed. She finally arrived at Children’s of Alabama Hospital, where she died three days later. Maddie had been bullied at school and just begun taking a new attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that caused suicidal thoughts. Jimmie said the family spoke to a friend of Maddie’s who said she had a really rough day of bullying.
We talked to one of her friends and Maddie had apparently had a bad day. The friend said Maddie was bullied and she looked sad while she was being bullied. It must have really worn her out that day.