Sunday, 30 October 2016

11 year old brain cancer survivor shoots herself dead after being bullied for having an uneven chin


An 11 year old girl, Bethany Thompson, who is a brain cancer survivor from Cable, Ohio, got off a school bus last Wednesday and shot herself dead with a gun on the back porch of her home.
Her mum, Wendy Feucht believes her daughter had been bullied because of her uneven chin which was caused by a tumor that was removed. Feucht said her daughter's best friend often told her that Bethany and her often got bullied by their peers in school.

Feucht said:
'I think that she was just done. She didn't feel like anybody could do anything to help her. 'People need to know that even the littlest things can break someone.'

The mum said Bethany told her best friend what she was going to do when she got home.

Feucht continued:

'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.'

Bethany's father and Feucht's ex-husband Paul Thompson said in an interview that his daughter had survived brain cancer in 2008.
He said that his daughter's uneven grin was caused by a tumor that was removed. The father said fellow students noticed and several bullied Bethany.

He said:

'I think that's why she took her life.'

It's unclear who the gun she used belongs to.

The Superintendent at Bethany's school, Chris Piper confirmed that Bethany was bullied the previous year and it was settled.
He said:

'There was no evidence of a pattern of bullying this year.' Piper revealed there are endeavors 'to change the school climate ... and re-evaluate our anti-bullying educational side so that we are able to determine when things go from normal misbehavior to a pattern of bullying and to deter and stop misbehavior'.
Source: The Columbus Dispatch

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