A 10-year-old girl from Colorado committed suicide after seeing a video of herself being bullied posted on a popular social media app.
Fox 31 News in Denver reports fifth grader Ashawnty Davis was attended Sunrise Elementary School in Aurora. She loved basketball and had dreams of becoming a WNBA player.
“She was just a child of joy and she brought joy to everyone,” explained father Anthony Davis.
However, the usually joyful child of Anthony Davis and Latoshia Harris changed in October when she got into a fight with another girl at her school.
The fight was recorded and posted on the app Musical.ly. The video shows Ashwanty fighting another girl as a group of kids look on.
Her mother believes her daughter was confronting her bully. “I saw my daughter was scared,” explained Harris.
Although hard to watch, her parents believe that people need to see it.
“She was devastated when she found out that it had made it to Musical.ly,” Davis explained.
Just two weeks after the video was posted, Ashwanty went home and hanged herself in her closet. She spent two weeks in the Children’s Hospital on life support before dying on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.
“It was just devastating,” expressed her father.
“Bullycide” is a common term used to describe bullying that causes suicide. Ashwanty’s parents believe that she was a victim of this and are dedicated to raising awareness.
“We have to stop it and we have to stop it within our kids,” said Davis. Harris added, “I want other parents to know that it’s happening. That was my baby and I love my baby and I just want mothers to listen.”