Ashawnty Davis: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Ashawnty Davis Bullying Video

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A 10-year-old died by suicide in Colorado after a video of her fighting with classmates went viral on the app Musical.ly. Ashawnty Davis was on life support for two weeks after her family found her hanging inside of her closet. Davis passed away on November 29. Her father, Anthony Davis, referred to his daughter as a “child of joy” in an interview with KDVR. Anthony says his daughter got into her first fight in October.

Davis’ mother, Latashia Harris, told KDVR that her daughter had confronted a school bully and the pair had gotten into a fight. When video of that fight spread online her father says, “She was devastated.” Davis was a student at Sunrise Elementary School where she was in the fifth grade.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Her Parents Want People to See the Video That Made Their Daughter Take Her Own Life

The above video shows Davis, in pink, fighting another girl. Davis’ parents told KDVR that their daughter was fighting a school bully. Latoshia Harris told the station, “I saw my daughter scared.” While her father said, “She was devastated when she found out that it had made it to Musical.ly.”

Ashawny Davis Facebook page

Facebook/Krystal Banks-Thomas

NBC Denver reports that the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office are treating Davis’ death as a suicide. The full investigation into the death should take around two months.

In a statement, the Cherry Creek School District said:

This is a heartbreaking loss for the school community. Mental health supports will be made available for any students who need help processing the loss.

We do not tolerate bullying of any kind in our schools and we have a comprehensive bullying prevention program in place at all of our schools.

The safety and wellbeing of students is our highest priority and we strive every today to ensure schools are safe, welcoming and supportive places that support learning.

We were made aware of that video when a media outlet approached us with it. We took immediate action in response, turning the video over to police and addressing the matter with students.

It should also be noted that the video did not take place during school hours.

A Cherry Creek spokesperson said that for the last 15 years they have had a curriculum in their schools called “Bullyproofing Your School.” The Denver Post reports that there had been no reports of bullying in Davis’ file.


2. Davis Dreamed of Becoming a WNBA Star

Ashawnty Davis mother Latashia

Davis’ parents told KDVR that their daughter dreamed of growing up to be a WNBA player due to her passion for basketball. According to her Facebook page, Davis’ mother Latashia is originally from Dallas while her father is from Sioux City, Iowa, according to his page.

While Ashawnty’s unclde, Dedrick Harris, has started fundraising page to create a suicide awareness program named Ashawnty Save a Life Progam. Harris wrote on Facebook:

This is my niece Ashawny and she is 10 years old. A few days ago due to being bullied in school she hung herself. We do not know all the reason behind this wonderful little girl doing this to herself. We will never forget this angle that touched the hearts of those that was blessed to meet and know this wonderful person.

My baby life is at all ended it has just began. We will make sure that no other family will have to face these dark time as my family faces. Please find it in your hearts to help send this angle home. The money will be used to place this angle to rest and all the other funds will go towards creating the Ashawnty Save A Life Program.


3. Davis’ Parents Believe Their Daughter Was a Victim of Bullycide

Ashawnty Davis Photos Pictures

Facebook/Krystal Banks-Thomas

Davis’ parents told KDVR that they believe their daughter was a victim of Bullycide. Her father said, “We have to stop it and we have to stop it within our kids.” While her mother said, “I want other parents to know that it’s happening. That was my baby and I love my baby and I just want mother to listen.”

A feature in The Week referred to Bullycide as the Phoebe Prince phenomenon. Prince, a native of Ireland, moved to Boston when in 2009. She died by suicide in 2010 after reportedly being bullied by students at South Hadley High School in South Hadley, Massachusetts. The accused bullies pleaded guilty to bullying in 2011 and received sentences of community service and probation.

Ashawnty Davis Suicide Video

Facebook/Krystal Banks-Thomas

Dr. Sheryl Ziegler, a child therapist, told NBC Denver, “Suicide rates have doubled over the past 10 years and bullying is now really at crisis levels. What we’re seeing is that this has a tremendous effect on the fragile, growing brain of a child. It’s very difficult for that child to handle that level of input.” Dr. Ziegler added that parents should look for signs of having a suicidal child, “You’re not really eating well. You don’t seem to be sleeping well. You’re having stomach aches every day. You’re telling me you have a headache and can’t go to school. I’m gonna actually listen to your behavior or your body more than your words.”


4. Many Have Taken to Social Media to Pay Tribute to Davis

Ashawnty Davis Aurora Colorado

Facebook/Krystal Banks-Thomas

Many family members have taken to social media to pay tribute to Davis. One relative, Krystel Banks-Thomas wrote on Facebook, “My family has lost an angel….The emptiness and unanswered questions are consuming. Please pray for my family during this unthinkable time.” Here are some of the most poignant messages:

https://twitter.com/xminasax/status/936671759939588097


5. Musical.ly Says They Forbid Users to Be Under the Age of 13

Musical.ly has around 10 million users worldwide. Users are commonly referred to as a “Musers.” The app has many of the same features as Snapchat with users usually uploading a short video of themselves to share with friends. According to Cyberbullying.org, the app complies with the Children’s Onliny Privacy Protection Act in having a disclaimer that users must be 13 years old or older. Parents who believe that their underage child is using the app are asked to contact privacy@musical.ly.

A Medium.com article referred to Musical.ly as the “first real social network that has reached an audience as young as first-graders.” Meanwhile a school in Australia, Wenona Junior School in Sydney, banned students from being on the app, in a letter to parents school officials said, “A number of girls have been… uploading performances in school uniform, which introduces numerous other potential risks.”

21 Comments

21 Comments

K Hamblin

I agree with Suzanne. Social media is ruining our society. Maybe no one should be able to use it until they are at least 18. Maybe 21 would be better.

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Jill Billimek

Why is bullying not a criminal offense? The parents of thIs bully should be responsible for the actions of their child. I believe criminal charges against the parents of the bully would stop this killing of our children. Why aren’t the parents being charged with MURDER!!!!! How can we (concerned citizens) hold this family legally responsible for murder? Jill

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young Christian's mother

THIS is very sad.
Children fight is very common.
What’s up or Facebook is meant for to share messages.
Not fight.
This child must be insane.
This child is cowardly.
She must not have done this.
School authorities must give strict order about what’s up or Facebook messages.
Google must notice this and try to cover up the faces at least .
Children must have a head.
A principal must be appreciated to oversee the children by Google.
Any messages under 16 must be overseen by this principal AUTHORITY.
Better Google become serious before any further worse.
Report system must automatically boost and block the messages or contents through out.
My heart felt condolences for this child.
I seen lot of African children fight .
I first heard two Anglo Indian children fight ,,, while pass by a house ,,,
“Mom,,she is kicking me over my neck.”
This I practiced for a long time to improve my pronunciation or accent little like native English speakers . THIS was my first step to improve my accent ,,,in English.
Now I improved a lot.
God bless those Anglo girl children sisters
Their fight helped me improve my qualities of spoken English as native speakers.
But this kind video viral must be blocked .
USA educational authorities must to look in to those..before it goes worse than this .
Good Childern should not fight.

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Anonymous

God bless the mom and dad. Very sad that kids even know how to hurt or kill themselves and had battles that are this strong with other kids. It is even hard on adult to be attacked and a child is still forming their ideas about themselves. Smaller schools/classes may help and private school/home school. Kids need hobbies/time with parents/do things that help self esteem so when attacked they can know they are awesome.

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JOHN MAYOR

To be honest… and frank!… I’m not so sure that this was a suicide! If we’re willing to believe that this young child was willing to go to the extent of ending her own life, why would we not be willing to imagine that some older family and/ or friends of her bully, may have entered her home, and murdered this child! And there is sufficient evidence from other cases, wherein this may have very well have happened! Given the the police involvement in the bullying, there may have been sufficient fear… and, viciousness!… that an act of murder was a possibility! Desperate children… like desperate adults!… are able to conjure up their own solutions to personal threats! The simple question to ask, is:… Are ALL child “suicides”, actually SUICIDES? But further:… Why would anyone suggest that a proffered child suicide… and in the absence of evidence!… is nothing but what is being proffered?
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Anonymous

Internet people may think they can attack…impersonal. Bipolar or narcissistic adults may attack and enjoy revenge. Kids may fight in 4th/5th grade as hormones kick in. A private school or home schooling may help instead of trying to survive public school. God bless the mom.

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Bob hacker

You are UNBELIEVABLE. Home schooling doesn’t prepare you for life outside of your home.Life is hardmpeople are mean.Home schooling creates social retards.As far as private school goes,they are no better.you must live in a bubble.

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Hadenoughalready

Kids may be cruel but this is beyond the pale. My heart goes out to her parents and I pray the Almighty takes her into His arms and coddles her.
Kids, today, face far more than we’ve ever imagined and I pity them. This world is turned upside-down and young kids are their most vulnerable victims and targets. G-d help them!
Social media is a blessing and a curse, at the same time. A double-edged sword. While good for some, a curse for others.
Kids, as a rule, should not be allowed anywhere near social media. What happened to face-to-face conversations?

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AngelsOnHigh

Another senseless tragedy with bullying. This poor child deserved so much better than what she wound up with here.
She deserved friends & schoolmates who CARED. She deserved Teachers who Cared enough to see what was going on in the school & someone in the school needed to care enough to monitor what kids use on social media today, so these bullies could be dealt with.
The bully rules in school are woefully ineffective. Obviously. Kids who are bullies need to be dealt SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES for their CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR. they need to be treated as CRIMINALS! No little wrist slaps. This behind starts in the HOME. So if kids are treated as they SHOULD be, then maybe their inept parents will get a CLUE, & start PARENTING their little Bullies properly.

Thankfully this lost child is now with Jesus. Forever loved & safe in His arms.
May her parents find the Peace only Jesus can give, in times like this. And may they strive to know Him more, so they too will be assured of better with Him & their precious Child, Forever.

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Michael Hutson

depressing-such a little cutie-and who knows what she might have done in life had she lived? discovered a cure for cancer maybe? the mean girls can live and grow up-maybe to reflect on their complicity in this young one’s suicide,but she is gone! Parents need to toughen their kids up we are breeding too many “snowflakes” unprepared for real life-bullies-and we should tell our kids that suicide is a permanent solution for a temporary problem-and we need to be more pro-active in our kid’s schooling-KNOW the school you send your kids to,and speak to the teachers your kid interacts with

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Susan Daniels

Where were the parents when the bullying was going on? This was not a one event.

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Bob hacker

Oh my god,your blaming the parents! Blame social media. The parents of that little girl who posted the fight should be the ones you should look at.They are raising a hateful little bitch.I hope those people get sued.

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Thor Olsen (@2rols1)

Social media isn’t the reason for anything. How do you raise your kids? Children cartoons are full of violence, most children know how to kill before they can speak. Don’t be surprised there are lots of bullies. The one who posted the fight should be thanked for making it public. Why was this bullying allowed to go on without anyone hearing about it. Every parent is responsible for upbringing their own kid. They need plenty of attention, and especially a listening ear. When you let them watch tv and play games instead of interacting, don’t be surprised your neighbourhood turns into a “lord of the flies” scenario. Because that’s what always happens when children are left unsupervised most of their lives. The most troubling thing is that no parents is willing to listen to their childs, and all say they are surprised when they find them dead. Most will give clear signals of what’s ahead for months or years. They just don’t want to believe it.

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Dan Zarvas

RIP little one. I’m so sorry that you chose to leave because of cruelty inflicted upon you by others. I’m proud of you for standing up against bullying, and sad, sad, sad, that it affected you so much that you found life worthless. I can tell by your smile and by your kindness to animals that you had so much more to give to this world. Although I never knew you personally, I’ll weep for you and I mourn your absence. They say that grief is the price we pay for love and I can say for certain that you are worthy of the world’s tears. Ashawnty lost her life, her parents lost a precious daughter, AND THE WORLD LOST A FRIEND.

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ENOUGH!

There are no words to comfort or justify the senseless action of another on this little child. God help our society. My sincere condolences to Ashawnty’s family and friends. Beautiful little girl. I am bewildered that someone took life so much for granted they dared not to think this would be a likely consequence of their horrific actions. Hope the perp is punished to the full extent of the law and that Cherry Creek Schools wakes up and takes action instead of espousing fluff.

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Suzanne

I absolutely hate social media. It is ruining our society. People say things on social media that they would never say in person to someone. Our society is becoming so cold to other peoples’ feelings. We need to make people more important than anything in life. When we are all gone from this earth, nothing that we did here will matter except the way we treated people and how much we loved them. Even the child who bullied this girl is going to suffer for life because of all of this on the national media. We have to stop somewhere and let out children know that none of this is acceptable. I have the most sympathy for the parents of this little girl who will live without their baby girl forever. That is a pain that never goes away. Please people, get off of social media and interact with people personally where they need you.

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JOHN MAYOR

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