An eight-year-old girl tried to take her own life on Friday after suffering years of bullying.
Her mother, Richelle, revealed the devastating conversation she had with her daughter before taking the primary school student to the emergency room.
“She came to us stating that she wanted to end her own life due to the bullies always winning,” she said.
Richelle, a survivor of breast cancer, revealed she was the reason for her daughter’s bullying after fellow students poked fun of her mother’s double mastectomy and resulting hair loss from chemotherapy.
The young girl, who lives in Logan, Queensland, told her mother she wanted to end her own life because ‘the bullies always won’, Yahoo!7 reported.
Richelle explained the bullying started because of her own double mastectomy and the physical effects chemotherapy was having on her.
‘After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016, one girl started because I was suffering from breast cancer,’ she said.
‘She told my daughter that her mum wasn’t a woman because she didn’t have hair or breasts and that she would turn out the same as me.’
Richelle’s daughter was born with a cleft lip and a deformity to one eye which she says prompted other children to comment on her appearance her whole life.
“I feel like I’ve failed my daughter, its affected our family so much.”
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has said she will be doing everything she can to tackle bullying and in particular cyberbullying.
“I firmly believe that we are just skimming the ocean of a big issue, where bullying and harassment is now following young children into the family home,” Palaszczuk told reporters on Sunday.
Last week two students in the US were charged with cyberstalking weeks after their classmate committed suicide. Read more HERE>
A 14-year-old NT girl took her own life after suffering cyber bullying. Read more on what her family hope to achieve after her tragic death.
Last year a terrified mother shared on Facebook how her young daughter had contemplated suicide after she had been bullied at Primary School – read her story here.
We seriously need to step up and stop bullying. Parents are all responsible to help teach children the tragic affect it has. #doitfordolly
If you are concerned about the mental health of yourself or a loved one, seek support and information by calling Lifeline 13 11 14.
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