McKenzie Adams

McKenzie Adams: School district says no reports of bullying were made prior to 9-year-old’s suicide

An Alabama school district claimed no reports of bullying were made at the elementary school attended by a girl who hanged herself earlier this month.

Alex Braswell, a lawyer representing Demopolis City Schools told the Tuscaloosa News that the school system conducted an internal investigation into the bullying allegations made by McKenzie Adams’ family and did not find that the 9-year-old or her family made any reports to the school.

“The findings of this internal investigation are consistent with the results of the investigation of the Linden (Alabama) Police Department at this point in time,” the statement said.

Adams’ grandmother reportedly found the girl had hanged herself in her bedroom. Adams’ aunt, Edwinna Harris, previously said the fourth-grader transferred to U.S. Jones Elementary School in Demopolis after her mother and grandmother complained to the Alabama State Board of Education that she was being bullied at her school in Linden.

Harris said much of the bullying at her new school stemmed from her niece’s friendship with a white boy. She also claimed Adams endured bullying the entire school year.

“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 b***h’, ‘just die’,” she said.

Linden City Schools superintendent Tim Thurman told the Tuscaloosa News that he couldn’t establish any evidence of bullying at Linden Elementary School, where Adams attended kindergarten from November 12, 2014, to February 9, 2015, as all the teachers and administrators from that time are gone.

Brasswell confirmed that Demopolis and Linden police are investigating Adams’ suicide and that additional information is forthcoming.

 

[Featured Image: McKenzie Adams/Larkin and Scott Mortuary]