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10-Year-Old North Carolina Girl Hangs Herself After Allegedly Being Bullied at School
Published November 17, 2011 | FoxNews.com

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North Carolina authorities are investigating the death of a 10-year-old girl who hanged herself in her bedroom after
allegedly being bullied at school.

Samantha West, of Chadbourn, N.C., said she found her daughter, Jasmine McClain, dead in her bedroom
Monday night, WRAL-TV reports.

"I just lost it because she took her last breath in my arms," West told the station on Wednesday. "She was a loving
child. I just don't understand."

Chadbourn Police Chief Steven Shaw said her death was obviously suicide; he was about to close the case when
he started checking Facebook posts and other social media about Jasmine and her death, according to the station.

"Children started coming forward and making accusations that she was bullied -- and bullied bad -- in school,"
Shaw said.

Jasmine was repeatedly picked on at Chadbourn Elementary School, West said, noting that other children teased
her about her clothes or her shoes. She left the school for a while and dreaded having to return about a month
ago, her mother said.

"It's a shame that kids are that cruel. It really is," West said, noting that she never knew how badly Jasmine had
been tormented.

"Everyone that we have spoken to, there are little indicators -- not huge indications -- but small indications that she
was not happy," Shaw said.
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