NC girl kills herself; school investigates bullying
November 18, 2011 at 2:28 PM EST - Updated June 25 at 10:47 PM
CHADBOURN, NC (WECT) – A 10-year-old girl who authorities say took her own life will be laid to rest on Friday. Police Chief Steven Shaw said Jasmine McClain hanged herself.
The child's mother, Samantha West, found her around 10:30 Monday night in their home off North Wilson Street when she got up to get a drink of water.
West said she doesn't know if her daughter was bullied, but police are looking into the possibility. West says other parents have told her Jasmine was bullied, and she says Jasmine was picked on because she didn't wear the latest fashions.
"She had anything she wanted," said West. "She may not have the best in the world, but she had what she wanted and what she needed. She did not go liking for nothing."
West also says she doesn't know if Jasmine's death was an accident or suicide, but she wishes her daughter would have talked with her.
"I'm just lost," West said as she struggled to find words. "I just don't understand how kids can be that mean and hateful. I just don't understand."
Flags were at half staff Tuesday at Chadbourn Elementary School while students and staff mourned Jasmine's death. Several counselors were available to help students get through the grieving process.
"She was very loving, caring, outgoing. She was a happy child. And I mean, she loved to play and everything," explained West.
"This is the first time this has ever happened in my 20 years in law enforcement," said Shaw. "But when I got a call from dispatch last night (Monday), I said 'What are we going to do? How are we going to handle this?'"
The SBI is assisting with the investigation.
Jasmine's viewing is Friday, Nov. 18 in Chadbourn from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. The funeral is Saturday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. Both are at Friendly Funeral Home.