Lilly-Jo Caldcott was described as a ray of sunshine by her loved ones. Like any other ten-year-old girl she loved playing outside with her friends and spending time with her family.
However once Lilly-Jo suddenly stopped participating in social activities and stopped eating, her mom knew something was wrong. Unfortunately her mother never imagined the nightmare that would soon unfold.
A few weeks after starting middle school in Worcester, England, Lilly-Jo refused to go to school. Her mother claims she admitted straight away she was having problems with another girl at school.
The bullying, both physically and mentally, began to get worse and Lilly-Jo became more and more withdrawn, still nothing changed
Getting her to go school in the morning was a difficulty as Lilly-Jo was so distressed; she wasn’t eating and was making herself sick.
Her mom told said that over the course of 12 weeks she had been into the school every day to try and resolve the issue with staff but nothing changed.
In a letter to the school principal mom Jess described the torture that Lilly-Jo said she was experiencing.
“She has pulled her hair, pushed her, smacked Lilly-Jo and also shut a locker door on Lilly-Jo’s head, stamped on her foot when it was broken – the list is endless.” ‘Two more weeks, she would be dead’
Then one Monday afternoon Lilly was taken to her doctor after admitting that she had taken an unknown number of tablets. The doctor informed Jess to take her daughter to A&E straight away after showing signs of disorientation. After spending the night in hospital she was in a stable condition the following morning.
“I’ve got a daughter now in hospital on her birthday on different drips and being examined by mental health doctors,” Jess said.
After all that happened, a once happy and bubbly girl had been reduced to trying to take her own life.“The doctor said if we had left her two more weeks, she would be dead. I’m not going to bury my child,” Jess said. Jess took her daughter out of the school and today she feels able to talk about her ordeal. ‘Extremely seriously’
The school principal said after being made aware of the bullying immediate action was taken.“This school takes all allegations of bullying extremely seriously, this includes racist, homophobic, gender-based or bullying related to disabilities,” said the principal.
“Our school maintains a strict anti-bullying policy.” When a girl 10 years of age tries to take her life because of bullying, it says something about society and the education system, despite attempts to resolve the situation.
Luckily, the doctors could save Lilly-Jo, but in some cases, parents are forced to bury their children too early. Kids who report being constantly bullied by others are at increased risk of suicide-related behaviors, and negative physical and mental health outcomes.
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