The body of little Ashlynn Connor was found hanging in the closet of her room by her family this past Friday night. This came after she complained about being picked on and bullied on Thursday night and after she was reportedly heard on the phone discussing the bullying with a friend. Despite her mother giving her CPR, the little girl died.
According to the story in the Chicago Tribune, the girl will undergo an autopsy to determine the cause of death. However, authorities are already saying that it appears as if she took her own life. Exactly why she might have done that, however, the police say is unclear and did not wish to point any figures at the school or anyone at this point.
Ashlynn’s parents, however, have talked to the press and they say she was teased relentlessly. She was a good student, but she had been called fat and ugly by other students for some time now. This past week, she reportedly told her parents that kids were asking if there was a way she could be home-schooled instead of attending the elementary school any longer.
Her parents reportedly called the principal of the school and reported the bullying. However, Ashlynn reported that the kids continued to tease her.
A rash of bullying and suicides has caught the media’s attention in recent years. Suicides among children as young as Connor tend to be rare, but they are not unheard of.
Even in Illinois, in the year 2009, there were three reported suicides of young boys and girls around the ages of 10 or 11. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention released a statement saying that more than 200 children between the ages of 10 and 14 have committed suicide between 1999 and 2005.