A nine-year-old black girl, McKenzie Adams, has reportedly committed suicide after facing persistent bullying and racism at school.
Since the start of the school year, the fourth-grader had been the target of bullying at US Jones Elementary School, where she was teased over her friendship with a white male classmate.
New York Post reports that 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”.
Her aunt, Eddwina Harris, said the group of students taunted McKenzie by telling her to commit suicide.
The nine-year-old hung herself Dec. 3 in her house and was discovered by her grandmother.
Her aunt said she’s speaking out about her niece’s death because she wants to promote anti-bullying.
“There are so many voiceless kids,” Harris said. “God is opening great doors for justice for my niece,“ she said.