Parents: 10-year old daughter committed suicide because of bullying at school

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AURORA, Colo. (WILX)- The parents of a 10-year old girl who took her own life, over video of a fight with an alleged school bully, say the school could have done more.

Ashawnty Davis, age 10, of Aurora, Colorado was taken off last support last Wednesday, two weeks after she was found hanging in a closet at home.

Her parents say their daughter was bullied after video of a fight she was in at her school in October was recorded by a student and posted on the app called Musical.ly.

In the video, Ashawnty's mom says her daughter was confronting a bully. "She was devastated when she found out that it had made it to Musical.ly," Latoshia Harris, Ashawnty's mother, told CNN affiliate KDVR. "My daughter came home two weeks later and hanged herself in the closet."

"When I seen the video with my own eyes, I seen my daughter was scared. She was very scared." said Harris.

Harris says she and Ashawnty's father, Anthony Davis, were never notified about the fight at school. "There was nothing done about it, said Harris. "When I got the call telling me that my daughter had been in a fight they never gave me the opportunity to come to the student or meet with the other parents to come to the bottom of the line."

Both Harris and Davis say it was Ashawnty's first fight, and had they known, they could have taken action, even pulled her out of that school.

The Cherry Creek School District says the video was handed over to Aurora Police, and officials say they spoke to the children involved and called their parents. Ashawnty's parents say that action wasn't enough.

"We got denied that, just to meet with the parent at the school with the staff," her father Anthony Davis said.

Two weeks after that fight, Ashawnty committed suicide. She spent two weeks on life support at Children's Hospital Colorado, where she died Wednesday morning. Her parents say she is a victim of "bullycide," when a person died by suicide after being the subject of bullying.

Davis says it is now his mission to hold educators accountable in school bullying cases. "With the last breath in my life I'm going to make sure that unfortunate kids are able to go to school comfortably and learn."

The Cherry Creek School District issued a statement: "This is a heartbreaking loss for the school community. Mental health support will be made available for any students who need help processing the loss.
We do not tolerate bullying of any kind in our schools and we have a comprehensive bullying prevention program in place at all of our schools. The safety and well-being of students is our highest priority, and we strive every day to ensure schools are safe, welcoming and supportive places that support learning. We were made aware of that video when a media outlet approached us with it. We took immediate action in response, turning the video over to police and addressing the matter with students. It should also be noted that the video did not take place during school hours."

Ashawnty's mother says, "My child was supposed to be protected at school and for me not to have no protection there it just makes me feel unsafe about my other children and the other children that are there."