11-Year-Old Brain Cancer Survivor Commits Suicide After Being Bullied About Looks
Students reportedly made fun of her crooked smile.
A young brain cancer survivor committed suicide after being bullied about her looks, reports said.
Bethany Thompson, 11, got off the school bus in Ohio last week and shot herself on her back porch, her mom, Wendy Feucht, told The Columbus Dispatch.
Bethany only shared what she was going to do with one of her close friends, Feucht told the paper.
“She told her she loved her and that she was her best friend forever, but that she was going to kill herself when she got home,” said Feucht.
Feucht said that she is certain that bullying led to Bethany’s death.
Bethany endured brain cancer eight years ago and after having a tumor removed was left with a “crooked” smile.
It was that smile that kids at school allegedly noticed and picked on, according to Bethany’s dad, Paul Thompson.
“I think that’s why she took (her life),” Thompson told the Columbus Dispatch.
Feucht later learned that Bethany had created anti-bullying posters but an administrator at school reportedly prevented her from displaying them because they weren’t positive.
“I’m sure she felt pretty defeated,” Feucht said.
Superintendent Chris Piper told the paper that he is trying not to speculate about what caused Bethany to feel hopeless.
“Suicide is a complicated act. We’re trying to find the cause,” Piper said. “And there’s no single thing that says this is what led to it.”
Piper acknowledged the fact that Bethany was bullied last year, but declined to provide details. He reportedly said the matter had been resolved.
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