Last week, tragedy struck in Linden, Alabama after a nine-year-old girl committed suicide over repeated racist bullying because of her friendship with a white child.
According to Tuscaloosa News, McKenzie Adams was a fourth grade student at U.S. Jones Elementary School. Adams transferred to the school after her mother and grandmother reported to the State Board of Education that the young girl was being bullied at another school in Linden.
“She told me that this one particular child was writing her nasty notes in class,” Adams’ mother, Jasmine said. “It was just things you wouldn’t think a 9-year-old should know. And my baby to tell me some of the things they had said to her I was like where are they coming from.”
“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,’’ Edwinna Harris, McKenzie’s aunt, said.
On December 3, Adams’ grandmother found her lifeless body in their Linden home, as the young girl had hanged herself. Now, according to 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,” Alex Brasswell, the City Schools attorney, said. “We are cooperating fully and I can’t comment on any of the aspects of the investigation until they conclude it.”
Our condolences to the Adams family.