McKenzie Adams was a 9-year-old girl who was a fourth grader at U.S. Jones Elementary School. After endless racist bullying, the child reportedly hung herself on Dec. 3.
The Tuscaloosa News reports that she was bullied because she was friends with another white child. Adams was friends with a white boy and would take rides to school his family.
Edwinna Harris said, “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-tch,’ ‘just die’.” Adams’ grandmother found her body. The 9-year-old hung herself.
A family is mourning the loss of a 9-year-old girl who took her own life.#McKenzieAdams’ family members said the fourth-grader had been bullied since the beginning of the school year. Her grandmother found her in their home where she hanged herself.https://t.co/c9k5xE8CH8
Edwinna Harris, who is a television host in Atlanta, said, “God has blessed me to help others with my platform, and now it’s time to help. There are so many voiceless kids. God is opening great doors for justice for my niece.”
Alex Brasswell, the City Schools attorney, told CBS the case is under investigation, “We are working fully with the Demopolis and Linden police department. They are doing a joint investigation of these allegations. We are cooperating fully and I can’t comment on any of the aspects of the investigation until they conclude it.”
Bullying is a nationwide epidemic and Black children have higher rates of bullying. According to a 2014 study in the “Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing” said that Black children have disproportionately higher rates of bullying, and are more likely to be involved as a victim, aggressor or bystander than others. Atlanta Black Star reported, “The federal government has reported that Black and Latino youth who are bullied suffer academically when compared to white children.”
Members of Black Twitter are speaking out:
This baby was 9‼️ and herself because her classmates picked on her for catching a ride with a white classmate to school they picked on her and called her ugly and out her name and she felt helpless and hopeless and took her life because of words. Her name was McKenzie Adams😭💔 pic.twitter.com/SlVqhclqT8
— 💣BombAssBee💋 (@boujieeBee) December 11, 2018
We live in a society where in “MODERN” day America . . . McKenzie Adams, a 9-year black CHILD would rather take her own life than face relentless bullying and constant racism in Alabama.
— Fairy Glo Muva (@fairyglomuva) December 11, 2018
MY EYES ARE FILLED WITH TEARS, SORROW IS IN MY HEART –McKenzie Adams a straight-A student is dead. Mean-spirited child bullying must stop. Parents, if your child is a bully open your eyes and stop your kids hate filled foolishness now. https://t.co/lRWOR9KhX9
— World News Focus (@WorldNewsFocus) December 11, 2018
#McKenzieAdams #stopbullying I’m devastated that a 9 y/o knows how to hang themselves, but even more speechless that bullying is passified in schools and there are school regulations which protect bullies from being named and parents reaching out to parents of those bullies.
— 🌻🌻🌻 (@MadManiq1) December 11, 2018
Rest in power, McKenzie Adams.