A few weeks ago, 10-year-old Ashlynn Conner told her mother she was being bullied at Ridge Farm Elementary School and in her neighborhood in Ridge Farm, Ill., WTSP reported.
Last week, Ashlynn's mother, denied her daughter's request to be home schooled. The following day, the 10-year-old's sister found her hanging in her closet by a scarf.
The devastated single mother told WCIA3 News she knew her daughter was being picked on, but not to that extent.
"They'd call her a slut," a tearful Conner told the station, "'Ashlynn's ugly.' 'She's fat.'"
While no one from the Georgetown Ridge Farm School District was available to speak with WCIA, they issued a short statement.
"The Board of Education is very saddened at the tragic loss of one of our children. Our hearts go out to her family in this time of loss."
Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson said that they are still investigating into the cause of Ashlynn's death, The News-Gazette reported.
"There are all kinds of aspects of this death to look into," Johnson told The News-Gazette. "Bullying was brought up to us as a piece of the investigation, and we are still finding out information."
WCIA reported that the Conner family is still struggling to come to terms with the loss.
"I don't know what its gonna take to stop it," Conner told the station. "But no child should ever feel like they have to kill themselves to stop that kind of pain."
Last week, 18-year-old Ashley Billasano tweeted 144 times before taking her own life. Not one of her 500 followers reached out to help her.
Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or visit stopbullying.gov. You can also visit The Trevor Project or call them at 866-488-7386.
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