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Vermilion Co. Ashlynn Conner Suicide: Family Says Bullying Was To Blame (VIDEO)

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« on: November 15, 2011, 05:10:25 pm »

Ashlynn Conner Suicide: Family Says Bullying Was To Blame (VIDEO)

The family of a 10-year-old honor student who killed herself last week said the girl had struggled with bullying at both her school and in her community.

Ashlynn Conner, a student at Georgetown Ridge Farm Elementary School in Vermilion County in east central Illinois, told her mother two weeks before her death that she was being bullied, CBS Chicago reports.

Stacy Conner, the girl's mother, told WCIA-TV that students had been teasing her daughter for years.

"They'd call her a ****," she told the station. "Ashlynn's ugly. She's fat."

Though she realized her daughter was being bullied, she said she did not know how to respond. She hopes her coming forward with her daughter's story may help other families going through similar struggles.

"I thought my kids were strong," Connor said. "That my words to them for guidance and advice would have more weight than what these kids were saying. I was wrong."

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I hadn't heard anything about this until I just now read about it. This is just heartbreaking. Kids are so mean and hateful these days and in my opinion it starts at home. I was taught from an early age not to say mean things or to make fun of people. What the hell is the matter with people!!!

Last Thursday, Ashlynn reportedly asked her mother if she could be home-schooled, CBS reports. The next day, Ashlynn was found by a sibling in a closet after she had hanged herself.
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