LINDEN, Alabama —
A 9-yr-previous woman’s dying is being investigated in mild of accusations that she was bullied at college and faculty directors have been warned about it.
McKenzie Adams, who was a fourth grader at U.S. Jones Elementary Faculty in Linden, Alabama, was found hanged in the house where she lived together with her grandmother on Dec. 3, the local police chief advised ABC News.
“As an alternative of buying Christmas, we’re choosing out caskets for my 9-yr-previous,” her grandmother, Janice Adams, informed ABC Information.
“She was an actual sweet woman,” Janice Adams stated, adding that McKenzie “needed to be a scientist.”
Linden’s police chief stated that there are conflicting studies coming from the woman’s relations and faculty directors about whether or not or not faculty officials have been informed concerning the alleged bullying.
“In line with (faculty officers), there was no report of bullying made to them formally. However the grandmother did say that she did make a report to the varsity … but right now, it is unclear if it was an official report or a dialog,” Linden Police Chief Robert Alston informed ABC Information.
Alston stated McKenzie’s dying has not been ruled a suicide however investigators are treating it as an “apparent suicide.”
The Demopolis City Faculty System launched a press release Tuesday afternoon saying that they “have concluded our inner investigation to the allegations of bullying which led to this mindless demise.”
“There have been no findings of any studies of bullying by either the scholar or family,” the varsity system’s statement stated. They famous that the findings are “constant” with the police department’s investigation, but added that the Linden Police Department’s investigation “continues to be pending.”
Earlier Tuesday, Alston stated that there was an alleged “notice-passing incident” with another scholar the week earlier than McKenzie’s demise.
“Based on the grandmother, she has youngsters within the classroom … that have been making remarks to her and calling her some derogatory names and she or he had gotten into a bit of bit of a observe-passing incident the place they have been saying derogatory issues in the direction of each other and the instructor discovered the notice and reprimanded both of them,” Alston stated.
Alston stated Tuesday morning that the police have interviewed “a minimum of 9” academics and faculty administrators as part of the continued investigation they usually “plan on talking to some of her classmates.”
“All of the academics say McKenzie was a cheerful little woman, all the time joking and laughing,” Alston stated, adding that the obvious suicide was “alarming and shocking to everyone that knew her.”
Jasmine Adams informed CBS42 the bullying involved “belongings you would not assume a 9-yr-previous should know, and before my baby might inform me a few of the issues that they stated to her, I was identical to ‘Where are they learning this from?'”
McKenzie’s aunt, Eddwina Harris, advised The Tuscaloosa Information that the bullying was centered around her niece’s friendship with a boy.
“She was being bullied the whole faculty yr, with phrases akin to ‘Kill your self,’…