Police: Girl, 11, May Have Hanged Self Because Of Bullying

May 24th, 2010 by admin

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. –
Police said an 11-year-old Treasure Coast girl hanged herself, and it may be the result of bullying.

Port St. Lucie police spokesman Tom Nichols said the girl hanged herself Thursday evening at her Tradition home. He said a diary found at her home indicated she had been bullied at school.

The girl was a fifth-grade student at St. Anastasia Catholic School in Fort Pierce.

Nichols said detectives would be interviewing classmates, teachers and friends to determine why she committed suicide.

“There was no suicide note found at the scene other than the diary, and inside the diary there were some entries made of her being bullied at school,” Nichols said. “To the extent of what she was being bullied about is unknown at this time.”

Nichols said it wasn’t clear how recent the entries were.

“They could have been as early as last night and, you know, they could have been as late as six weeks ago,” Nichols said.

A letter was sent home with students informing parents about the incident. The school’s principal wouldn’t comment, and referred all inquiries to the Diocese of Palm Beach.

A statement from the Diocese of Palm Beach read:

“The Diocese of Palm Beach is saddened to learn of the untimely death of one of our students from St. Anastasia School in Ft. Pierce. We grieve with the school community of St. Anastasia and ask for prayers for the student’s family as well as the school community. Administration at St. Anastasia is currently in the process of notifying school parents about this devastating loss, and members of the Diocese of Palm Beach Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team are available at the school to minister support to the students, teachers, administrators, and parents who are coping with news of this tragic loss of life.”

Several parents told WPBF 25 News they had complained to the principal about bullying since last year, but he never responded.

“It’s not common for an 11-year-old to commit suicide,” Nichols said.


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