Ten-year-old Jasmine McClain was found hanging in her bedroom after having endured vicious bullying at school. Jasmine was found by her mother Samantha West at their home in Chadbourn, North Carolina this past Monday morning (Nov. 14, 2011).

“I just lost it because she took her last breath in my arms,” West said Wednesday. “She was a loving child. I just don’t understand.” Chadbourn Police Chief Steven Shaw said her death was obviously suicide, and he was about to close the case when he started checking posts on Facebook and other social media about Jasmine and her death. “Children started coming forward and making accusations that she was bullied — and bullied bad — in school,” Shaw said. Jasmine was picked on at Chadbourne Elementary School, West said, noting other children teased her about her clothes or her shoes. She left the school for a while and dreaded having to return about a month ago, her mother said.” – 5 News

Chadbourn Police Chief Steven Shaw ruled the death a suicide but his investigation lead him to Facebook where comments had been posted by Jasmine’s classmates that she had been targeted.

Chief Shaw said: ‘Children started coming forward and making accusations that she was bullied – and bullied bad – in school.’  The police chief was unable to comment on whether anyone was liable for Jasmine’s death but said that the investigation was ongoing. It is believed that Jasmine was tormented at Chadbourn Elementary, where she was picked on her about her clothes and shoes. She didn’t attend school for a short while before returning to classes last month. Her mother said she had dreaded going back.

Chadburn Elementary, where the flag flew at half-mast following Jasmine’s death, said they had conducted their own internal investigation and were working closely with the police. This is a very sad story, and my prayers go out to the family.


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Jasmine’s mom (Samantha West)