Bullies Allegedly Drove 12-Year-Old Nashville Girl Who ‘Just Wanted to be Accepted’ to Suicide, District Investigates | In The News

Metro Nashville Police are investigating the death of a local student whose parents say bullying drove the seventh-grader to take her own life.

Tarhiya Sledge, 12, died at her home on Nov. 16 in what authorities are investigating as an apparent suicide, local station FOX 17 reported. An official cause of death hasn’t been released, as the autopsy results are still pending.

Sledge, a former student at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Antioch, had reportedly been the victim of incessant bullying by schoolmates. The child’s parents said they tried talking to the school about the ongoing harassment, but nothing was done.

Jodi Ukrakpor, who also has a child at the school, said a group of kids with a reputation for bullying picked Sledge to be “one of their newest victims.”

“They taunted her, they would physically hit her,” Ukrakpor told the outlet, adding that things got to the point where Sledge’s mother pulled her from school in late October “due to this and admin doing nothing.”

Officials with Metro Nashville Public Schools said they’ve launched an investigation into the circumstances that may have led to Sledge’s suicide. When questioned about reported instances of bullying at JFK Middle, the district said there have been two incidents this year and 12 documented allegations.

“We’re saddened to learn of the death of a student within the MNPS family,” MNPS spokesman Sean Braisted said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the student. Support teams were deployed to the schools affected to help students and faculty impacted by this tragic death.”

“Tell them you love them,” she said. “I tell my kids the first time you are bullied will be the last time you’re bullied. Words have power.”

The investigation into Sledge’s death is ongoing.


















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