A 9-year-old girl who was a fourth grader at U.S. Jones Elementary School in Alabama reportedly hung herself on Dec. 3 after repeated racist bullying.

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The Tuscaloosa News reports that McKenzie Adams was bullied because she was friends with another white child. “She was being bullied the entire school year, with words such as ‘kill yourself,’ ‘you think you’re white because you ride with that white boy,’ ‘you ugly,’ ‘Black b-tch,’ ‘just die’,” said Adams’ aunt, Edwinna Harris. The 9-year-old hung herself.

Harris, who is a television host in Atlanta, said, “God has blessed me to help others with my platform, and now it’s time to help. There are so many voiceless kids. God is opening great doors for justice for my niece.”


Adams transferred to U.S. Jones Elementary School after her mother and grandmother complained to the State Board of Education that she was being bullied at another elementary school.

Alex Brasswell, the City Schools attorney, told CBS the case is under investigation, We are working fully with the Demopolis and Linden police department. They are doing a joint investigation of these allegations. We are cooperating fully and I can’t comment on any of the aspects of the investigation until they conclude it.”