A little 14-year-old girl, after constant bullying and social media harassment from her classmates has been forced to take her own life.
A 14-year-old Missouri middle school student has hanged herself being repeatedly harrassed and bullied by her classmates on social media and in school.
It was gathered that Destiny Gleason hanged herself on Wednesday from a pull-up bar in her bedroom after what her parents described as relentless bullying culminated in a fight at school last Tuesday. That altercation ended with Destiny being taken away in handcuffs and charged with assault.
“She just wanted everybody to like her, that`s all she wanted,” Destiny’s mother, Stephanie Clark, told KTVI.
Destiny’s family moved to Warrenton last summer. She entered Black Hawk Middle School in the fall of 2015.
“At one point they took some photo of some random person’s private parts and put Destiny’s name across it and spread it around the school,” her mother said.
“Anything they could possibly do to hurt her and bring her down.”
According to Fox59, her parents revealed that the bullying began in the fall, and even though they say school officials were aware of it, they also say little was done to stop it.
“We tried to be there for her as much as possible and do everything that we possibly could,” said Destiny`s stepfather Kurtis Clark. “It would have been nice if somebody else would have too, instead of just saying we are going to talk to them, or we had a talk with them and telling them not to talk to each other.”
As a result of the fight at school, Destiny was scheduled to start intensive behavioral therapy on Wednesday, but shortly after seeing what her mother described as “mean” Facebook postings about her daughter following the fight, Destiny went to her bedroom, found an extension cord and hanged herself.
All her family can do now is hope her death makes people think, Clark says.
“Words matter,” said Stephanie Clark. “That old saying, ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me’ – well, they will and we lost our daughter because of words.”
Destiny Gleason’s family has scheduled a memorial service for Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Brommelsieck Park in Defiance, Missouri.