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Parents Say Bullies Drove Their 11-Year-Old Daughter To Suicide [Video]

11-year-old driven to suicide by bullies

Parents of an Hailey Petee, age 11, say that bullies drove their daughter to commit suicide. Hailey’s parents are speaking out as they hope to spare other families from the same tragedy.

Hailey was a fifth grade student at London Elementary School in London, Ohio. Her parents describe her as “bright and adventurous.” Hailey loved to sing. She was also, according to her parents, being bullied constantly.

Hailey, who wore glasses and had been diagnosed with ADHD, was singled out by other students who allegedly had been tormenting her for over a year. As reported by 10TV.com, Hailey recently expressed her feelings through artwork. On the picture she had written “Stop Bullying, Free Zone.” Hailey’s mother discuss her daughters struggle:

“She would cry every day coming home from the bus stop, every day she was crying, she didn’t want to get on the bus.

“This is not a joke. If these kids think it’s OK to do this to other kids because it’s funny to them, it’s not funny when you’re hurting another family.”

On Sunday morning, Hailey’s mother noticed that her daughter’s light was on and the door was closed. She opened the door and found her 11-year-old daughter’s lifeless body draped across her bed. It was too late.

Hailey’s parents believe bullies drove their 11-year-old daughter to commit suicide and are sharing their story in an attempt to help other parents.

As reported by San Ramon Express News, bullying has become an epidemic:

“More than a quarter of all kids have experienced bullying, and that more than 30 percent experience bullying once a month. Nationwide, 13 million kids will be bullied this year, according to the Bully Project, which was formed in the wake of a 2009 suicide of an 11-year-old in Georgia. Three million children — 160,000 every day — miss school because they’re afraid of being bullied, according to the U.S. Department of Education.”

School officials, who deny receiving any complaints that Hailey was being bullied, state that they have no tolerance for bullying. They have arranged grief counseling for students returning to school this morning.

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11 Responses to “Parents Say Bullies Drove Their 11-Year-Old Daughter To Suicide [Video]”

  1. Jenny Ward

    Ya whatever my son who is 5 was picked on by a 10 year old on the bus n when I called the school they said I have to take it up with the bus driver

  2. Diane Ribbentrop

    Thats passing the buck and schools avoiding any responsibility Bus drivers are driving They Can not stop to control bullies.

  3. Diane Ribbentrop

    Sickening As a parent I would hammer the school till they did their job..protecting our kids from danger.

  4. Manuela Hammel

    Diane is correct. It's passing the bus and if some creep is bothering your 5 year old on the bus you can insist that the school remove the 10 year old from the bus and make him/her a "walker". It's a privilege to be able to be a passenger on a school bus, NOT a right. When mom has to spend a week driving her little darling to school AND picking him up, it may be the incentive she needs to civilize her child. Do talk to the bus driver and insist that your child sit in the front of the bus near the driver. Then tell you child that should the idiot bother him on the bus he should SCREAM at the top of his lungs so that the bus driver is aware there is a problem. Make a fuss. No one knows there is a problem unless you make a fuss.

  5. Manuela Hammel

    Yes, now they offer counseling because unless someone is aware that there is a problem, they don't know there is a problem. They are educators, not mind readers. The parents weren't aware that there was a problem either. Again, parents not mind readers and then only dealing with 1 child and not 27 or 30 at a time. They were aware of the child's mood and personality changes and didn't know enough to get this child to talk to them or the guidance counselor at school. Open lines of communication make that less likely. Anytime your child doesn't want to go to school, goes to the nurse's office instead of gym it's time to have a long talk with him/her about what is going on and who the idiot is that is bothering them.

  6. Shannon Griffin

    I find it odd how ALL schools say they have no records of bullying. Really? Try resolving the problem instead of avoiding it.