Bullied 12-year-old girl with special needs kills herself after relentless abuse from cheerleaders, football players
It had been alleged that someone had thrown a trash can at the girl while another had yanked her hair so hard that some of it had come out.
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE: A family from Nashville revealed that their 12-year-old daughter committed suicide last week after being targeted by bullies at her school.
The student, Tarhiya Sledge, is a special-education student at the JFK Middle school was allegedly relentlessly and mercilessly bullied by football players and cheerleaders at her school. Sledge took her own life at her home on November 18 which sparked a police investigation as well as a separate internal investigation by the Metro Nashville Public Schools.
The child's parents are looking at the possibility of filing a discrimination lawsuit against the school district as they claim that the administrators were informed and made aware of the bullying but turned a blind eye. The family's attorney, Roland Mumford spoke to WKRN and said that it had been alleged that someone had thrown a trash can at Tarhiya while another had yanked her hair so hard that some of it had come out.
Mumford revealed, "The mother put the JFK middle school on notice in writing, email, and in-person countless times in the last 90 days and they failed to take action". When she got no help for her daughter, Mikesha Glover had to resort to taking her daughter out of classes in late October.
Mumford also revealed that he was able to get the names of six students who were suspected of bullying Tarhiya. These names included members of the school's football team as well as the cheerleading squad. Tarhiya's mother took to social media to share a message appealing to other parents at her late child's school with any knowledge to come forward.
In another follow-up post, Glover wrote, "I can’t breathe, I can’t sleep, my body is aching even thinking about the torture my baby had to endure at the hands of bullies". Tarhiya's stepfather, Mario Glover shared that the child was a 'star' who loved everyone and wanted all to be happy.