BUL­LIED TO DEATH'S DOOR

Teenager at­tempts sui­cide to es­cape peer abuse at popular Cor­po­rate Area girls’ school

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Na­dine Wil­son-Har­ris Staff Re­porter

SHE KNEW her 13-year-old daugh­ter was be­ing bul­lied at school and had met with ad­min­is­tra­tors beg­ging them to in­ter­vene, but she never ex­pected that it would lead to her watch­ing help­lessly as 57 pills were pumped from the stom­ach of her only child, who had de­cided that death was the only way to es­cape a gang of girls who preyed on her.

Ki­mone* told The Sun­day Gleaner that she thought things would have been bet­ter for her daugh­ter after speak­ing to her teach­ers, guid­ance coun­sel­lor and even the prin­ci­pal of the promi­nent Cor­po­rate Area all-girls school her daugh­ter at­tended.

“My child kept feel­ing more inse­cure as the days went by, and she

ex­pressed this in the morn­ings, es­pe­cially when she was get­ting ready for school.

“She started to show signs of de­pres­sion, she started talk­ing about not want­ing to go to school be­cause she was afraid that she was go­ing to be teased for what­ever rea­son,” said Ki­mone, whose daugh­ter was taunted be­cause of a med­i­cal con­di­tion.

“At one point, she was ap­proached at the lunch room, it was about three of them, and one of them went to her and said some­thing loud to her in front of ev­ery­one at the lunch room, and that just brought her down again,” said Ki­mone.

She told our news team that in Fe­bru­ary, her daugh­ter asked her a rather wor­ry­ing ques­tion. The teenager wanted to know what would be the worst thing that could hap­pen to some­one who swal­lowed a good amount of pills.

“I thought she was com­mu­ni­cat­ing or cor­re­spond­ing with one of her friends on the phone and they were sui­ci­dal or made an at­tempt and shared it with her pri­vately,” said Ki­mone.

But then her daugh­ter started cry­ing, and at that point, Ki­mone went to check the teenager’s room. At first, she thought her daugh­ter might have dumped her bot­tle of pro­bi­otics in the toi­let in a bid to get her at­ten­tion, but not want­ing to take any chances, Ki­mone de­cided to seek med­i­cal help.

“I was a bit con­fused. I was like, I don’t think my kid will ever do that, but then I said you know what, don’t as­sume, just get to it right away, so I im­me­di­ately rushed her to the hos­pi­tal,” said the sin­gle mother.

Her worst fears were re­alised when the doc­tors con­firmed that her daugh­ter had in­deed swal­lowed the pills and she would need to have her stom­ach pumped.

“It was very painful be­cause she was cry­ing a lot. I didn’t even know what to do with my­self; I was just like bawl­ing. I was con­fused, I was hurt, and there was just so much hap­pen­ing at the time. I was very mad about what was hap­pen­ing at the school with the girls,” said Ki­mone. She has since trans­ferred her daugh­ter to an­other school, but the mother is warn­ing par­ents to not take bul­ly­ing lightly as it can have dire con­se­quences. “My daugh­ter went to death’s door. I could have lost my child be­cause some lit­tle kid de­cided that they just want to be mean. That is re­ally un­for­tu­nate, and I re­ally wouldn’t want any­body’s child to die like that,” said Ki­mone. She added: “Ev­ery day that you pick up your child from school or that child comes home to you, or is dropped-off or what­ever, ask how their day went. It is very im­por­tant to ask your child, how was your day at school? Did you meet any new friends? Did you meet any­body who was mean to you to­day?” she ad­vised. *Name changed on re­quest

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