Parents say 10-year-old daughter killed herself because of bullying

The parents of fifth-grader Ashawnty Davis say she was devastated after video of a fight she was involved in was posted on an app.

Story highlights

  • A video of a fight involving Ashawnty Davis was posted on an app in October
  • Her parents found her hanging in a closet at home two weeks later

(CNN)The parents of a Colorado fifth-grader who killed herself blame it on bullying, and they say her school could have done more to intervene.

Ashawnty Davis, 10, died Wednesday after being taken off life support at a children's hospital, two weeks after she was found hanging in a closet at home.
Her parents said Ashawnty was bullied after a video of a fight she was in at her school in Aurora in October was posted on an app. Ashawnty confronted a girl who had already been bullying her, her mother said, and the fight was recorded on a cellphone and posted to an app called Musical.ly.
    "She was devastated when she found out that it had made it to Musical.ly," Latoshia Harris, Ashawnty's mother, told CNN affiliate KDVR. "My daughter came home two weeks later and hanged herself in the closet."
    The Davis-Harris family has not returned CNN's requests for comment.
    A spokesperson for Musical.ly told CNN the company learned of Ashawnty's death "through news reports."
    "We are absolutely heartbroken to hear about this. Our hearts are with the Davis family in this unimaginably painful time," the company statement said.

    Parents wanted school to do more

    If her parents are correct, Ashawnty is the latest victim of "bullycide," which is bullying that leads to suicide. It's happened in a number of cases involving teens over the past couple of years.
    Ashawnty's parents say the Cherry Creek School District should have done more to stop the bullying that led to her death.
    Abbe Smith, director of communications for the Cherry Creek School District, told CNN that the students were talked to about the fight, parents were called and the cellphone video was sent to the Aurora Police Department.
    But Ashawnty's parents say that was inadequate.
    "There was nothing done about it. When I got the call telling me that my daughter had been in a fight, they never gave me the opportunity to meet with the other parents to come to the bottom of the line," Harris said.
    If they had been able to have that meeting, her parents say, Ashawnty might still be alive today.
    Smith said the school didn't know about any bullying.
    "The school did not receive any complaints from students or parents that the student was being bullied," Smith said. "We do not tolerate bullying of any kind in our schools and we have a comprehensive bullying prevention program in place at all of our schools for grades K-12. The safety and well-being of students is our highest priority and we strive every (day) to ensure schools are