AURORA, Colo. (CBS) — An Aurora, Colorado couple is dealing with an unimaginable loss as they prepare to lay their 10-year-old daughter to rest.
Ashawnty Davis was a fifth-grader at Sunrise Elementary School in Aurora. She had a passion for basketball and wanted to grow up to be a WNBA star.
But her parents say something changed in the happy little girl at the end of October when she was involved in a fight after school on Sunrise Elementary property.
In the video, Ashawnty and another girl are seen fighting, while a group of kids watched. According to Ashawnty’s mother, her daughter confronted the girl, who she claims had been bullying her.
While the video is difficult to watch, her parents believe it’s important to see.
The parents say the bullying she endured after the video surfaced was too much for the 10-year-old to handle.
Ashawnty came home two weeks later and hanged herself in the closet.
Ashawnty spent nearly two weeks at Children’s Hospital Colorado on life support before dying Wednesday morning.
Her parents believe she is the victim of “Bullycide.” The term is used for when someone takes his or her own life because of bullying.
Now they are hoping Ashawnty’s story will help save other lives and help put an end to bullying for good.
The Cherry Creek School District issued a statement on the case, saying quote:
“This is a heartbreaking loss for the school community. Mental health support will be made available for any students who need help processing the loss. We do not tolerate bullying of any kind in our schools and we have a comprehensive bullying prevention program in place at all of our schools. The safety and wellbeing of students is our highest priority and we strive every today to ensure schools are safe, welcoming and supportive places that support learning. We were made aware of that video when a media outlet approached us with it. We took immediate action in response, turning the video over to police and addressing the matter with students. It should also be noted that the video did not take place during school hours.”