Today’s offering is of 10-year-old Ashlynn Conner of Georgetown, Illinois who, on November 11th, 2011, moved her hand…
On the surface, 10-year-old Ashlynn Connor was a happy-go-lucky girl – a cheerleader and honour student at her school.
But she also carried with her the torment of bullies, who called her names at school and in her neighbourhood of Ridge Farm, Illinois.
Her mother Stacy said she knew about the bullying, but never thought it would drive Ashlynn to kill herself.
An emotional Stacy Conner told WCIA-TV: ‘They’d call her a slut. Ashlynn’s ugly. She’s fat.’
She added: ‘I thought my kids are strong kids, and that my words for them for guidance and advice was going to have more weight than what these kids could be saying.’
But the harsh name-calling was too much for her daughter.
On Thursday, Ashlynn pleaded with her mother to allow her to be home schooled to escape Ridge Farm Elementary – and Stacy Conner refused.
The next day, she was dead, having hanged herself. Her body was found by one of her siblings.
Now, the girl’s grief-stricken family hopes that her story will make a difference in the lives of other children who are bullied.
Ashylynn’s aunt, Kim Wright, told ABC News: ‘If she just saves one child from being bullied, if one bully gets this message and thinks about it and says, I’m not going to make another kid feel that way … she did it.’