On a dreadful day, Mallory Grossman’s parents found their 12-year-old child dead. She had been the victim of months worth of cyberbullying. This inevitably led her to commit suicide—a suicide her parents feel could have been prevented had the school taking the bullying of their daughter seriously.
“For months, 12-year-old Mallory Grossman received the taunts in text messages, Instagram posts and Snapchats,” an article in the Washington Post states.
The girls would tell her “she was a loser and had no friends.” Though she was an active, sweet girl who was popular in her own circle of friends, these girls acted terribly to her. This was likely fueled by their jealousy of the young cheerleader—though nothing has been confirmed.
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“At one point, according to an attorney for Mallory’s family, the girls even asked her, ‘Why don’t you kill yourself?’”
Grossman’s parents said they continually pled with the school asking them to do something about the cyberbullying. Sadly they were only met with false promises that something would be done.
“Even hours before Mallory took her life, her parents met with school officials, begging them to do something. They requested that administrators file a mandatory Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) Report, but the school never did, Grossman said.”
There is also talk that the Grossman family will pursue legal action against the parents of the four girls that tormented their daughter for so many months. The Grossman family says the parents of the children who bullied the Grossman’s daughter were, after all, aware of what was going on.
“Mallory’s mother, Dianne Grossman, said she spoke to the mother of one of the girls the night before Mallory took her own life. The mother dismissed the bullying, telling Grossman it was just a ‘big joke’ and that she should not worry about it, Grossman said at the news conference.”
In raising awareness of cyberbullying—a common epidemic in schools today—the Grossman family hopes to end this terrible cycle. A cycle that took their precious daughter’s life.
Their lawyer stated at a news conference, “‘We are here today to bring light to the fact that this small device can be a lethal weapon in the hands of the wrong child.’”
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The Grossman family has started a non-profit in their daughter’s name called, “Mal’s Army.” You can help them stomp out bullying by donating here.
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In other news, a girl was bullied since first grade. She created a heartbreaking video to get help. You can watch that here.