A Missouri teenager committed suicide after her parents say she was bullied on Facebook and arrested after a resulting fight at school, Fox59 reports.
Destiny Gleason, 14, hanged herself from a pull-up bar in her bedroom last Wednesday using an extension cord, and her parents want to know why more wasn’t done to protect her from “relentless” bullying by about six girls.
“At one point they took some photo of some random person’s private parts and put Destiny’s name across it and spread it around the school,” her mom, Stephanie Clark, told Fox59. “Anything they could possibly do to hurt her and bring her down.”
Her stepfather, Kurtis Clark, told the station that officials at Black Hawk Middle School, where Destiny was a student, were aware of the bullying but did little to stop it.
“We tried to be there for her as much as possible and do everything that we possibly could,” he told Fox59. “It would have been nice if somebody else would have too, instead of just saying we are going to talk to them, or we had a talk with them and telling them not to talk to each other.”
Destiny recorded a video of herself responding to her tormentors, saying, “The words you call me are just words. That’s not who I really am. That’s not what I’ll ever be.”
The bullying resulted in a fight at school last week, and Destiny was taken away in handcuffs and charged with assault. As a result, she was set to start intensive behavioral therapy.
But instead, Destiny opened Facebook and saw posts about the fight. Whatever she read drove her to get an extension cord and hang herself, Fox59 reports.
“Words matter,” her mother said. “That old saying, ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me’ – well, they will and we lost our daughter because of words.”
Watch the report, from Fox59, here:
Former Fox & Friends co-host Clayton Morris flees the US as he faces two dozen lawsuits
Facing more than two-dozen lawsuits alleging he committed real estate fraud, former "Fox & Friends Weekend" co-host Clayton Morris has reportedly fled the United States, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Morris, who previously resided in a $1.4 million home in New Jersey, moved his family to a coastal resort town in Portugal, the newspaper reported, citing a Facebook post from his wife.
Morris's wife and business partner, former MSNBC anchor Natali Morris, told the IndyStar that she and her husband plan to continue fighting the lawsuits from abroad.
Trump defenders argued his latest tweets weren’t really racist — but he just completely undercut their arguments
If you try to defend President Donald Trump, you will always end up having the rug pulled out from underneath you. It's a law of nature.
And yet, so many of the president's allies have failed to learn this simple lesson. So when Trump launched a new attack at progressive Democratic lawmakers that was one of his most obviously racist smears, inevitably, some of his defenders tried to deny the obvious truth.
His screed attacked a group of women who have come to define the left wing of the Democratic caucus, which includes Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Rashida Talib (MI), and Ayanna Pressley (MA). Though only Omar is an immigrant (she was a refugee from Somalia as a child), Trump seemed to assume all four women of color weren't born in the United States, and most egregiously, he suggested they should "go back" to other countries:
UK prime minister hopefuls slam Trump tweets — but refuse to call them racist
The two candidates vying to become Britain's next prime minister both condemned on Monday US President Donald Trump's xenophobic tweets about progressive Democrat congresswomen as "totally offensive" and "totally unacceptable".
But front-runner Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt refused to call the tweets racist when pressed to do so during their last debate before next week's announcement of who will succeed Prime Minister Theresa May.
May's spokesman had earlier said that the outgoing leader's view was that Trump's comments were "completely unacceptable".
On Monday Trump doubled down on a series of his tweets from the day before urging the four congresswomen of colour to "go back" to the countries they came from.