*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).
“She was such a loving child. I just lost it because she took her last breath in my arms,” West said. “”It’s a shame that kids are that cruel,” West told TV station WRAL-TV.
Chadbourn Police Chief Steven Shaw ruled Jasmine’s death a suicide but his investigation led him to Facebook where comments had been posted that Jasmine had been targeted.
Shaw said the case broke when ‘children started coming forward and making accusations that she was bullied–and bullied bad–in school.
It is believed that Jasmine was tormented at Chadbourn Elementary School, where she was picked on about her clothes and shoes.
West said that previous to her death, Jasmine didn’t attend school for a short while. Her mother said the bright 10-year-old dreaded going back.
Chadburn Elementary lowered their flag at half mast after hearing about Jasmine’s death. Authorities at the school said they had conducted their own internal investigation and were working closely with police.