A little 9 year old black girl has taken her own life because of bullying.
Madison “Maddie” Whittsett was found by her family in her closet after intentionally hanging herself. Madison was pronounced dead at Children’s of Alabama on Monday.
Her Stepfather, Jimmie Williams said
“She just wanted to be your friend. She wanted to be everybody’s friend and wanted everyone to be happy. We saw that in everything she did.”
Madison had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and the kids in her school would make fun of her all the time, insulting her, calling her all sorts of names, calling her “Stupid” and “Dumb” as well.
Jimmie Williams and Madison’s mother Eugenia Williams want to use this tragedy to bring attention to mental health in children everywhere, so that other families don’t lose anyone. Jimmie Williams said,
We don’t want this to happen to anyone else. Maybe you can see if anything is going on. Look for changes in attitude. Changes in behavior. Support them and be there for them.
The School that Madison attended released a statement saying,
“Our school community is deeply saddened by the recent passing of a student. The death of any young person is a tragic loss that impacts the whole school community, and we send our deepest condolences to the family.”
On the day of Madison’s suicide, Madison and her mother Eugenia Williams were planning to go on a mother-daughter bonding trip to Chick-fil-A, Madison’s favorite restaurant.
That’s when Eugenia found her daughter’s body, unresponsive. She called 911 while performing CPR on her daughter. Madison was transported to St. Vincent’s East and was later taken to Children’s of Alabama hospital, where she remained on life support until Monday.
Jimmie Williams said,
“We talked to one of her friends and Maddie had apparently had a bad day. The friend said Maddie was bullied and she looked sad while she was being bullied. It must have really worn her out that day.”
Madison’s parents believe that her change in medication for her ADHD, and the bullying may have led her to dark thoughts. Jimmie Williams said,
“The bullying plus the medicine, I think, gave her the boost to do that,”