Tragedy Of Girl, Aged Just EIGHT, Who Killed Herself To Escape Bullies

Fri, May 27, 2011 1:31pm EST by 4 Comments

Tori Blair Wilson was found hanged in woods just yards from her Palestine, Texas home on April 17.

The eight-year-old may have even been hounded by bullies on the day of her death. How utterly heartbreaking. How can we stop this, HollyMoms?

“It appears she was a good student with no problems at school, but we did receive information she may have been bullied at some point,” Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor tells CBS News.

A lengthy police investigation found Tori had talked in the past of bullying and even discussed suicide, once putting a noose around her neck in front of friends!

Her autopsy report reveals, “The decedent had a history of suicidal ideation and had similarly placed her head and neck in a rope in the presence of a friend in the past in a possibly prior hanging attempt.”

Does your 8-year-old understand suicide?! Surely that’s far too young for a child to comprehend such a thing!

Frustratingly police have been unable to pinpoint any of the children who were bullying Tori – and even if they did they would have limited powers to prosecute young kids.

In a chilling side note, Sheriff Taylor described Tori’s death as “disturbing,” but “not totally an isolated incident.” He reveals he has dealt with the suicide death of even YOUNGER children.

What can we do to stop our kids taking their own lives so young, HollyMoms?

– Ian Garland

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Posted at 3:09 PM on June 1, 2011  

Several years ago my son was being bullied in Middle school. I went in to complain several times to the assistant principle. He said there was nothing he could do because it was a he said/he said situation. I armed my son with a voice activated tape recorder. What I got was shocking. You clearly hear a boy call my son a faggot. Then there’s silence, then my son kicks a chair. A teacher immediately sends my son to the office. It was clear the teacher was standing near my son and and did nothing when he was called a faggot. They attempted to give my son a three day suspension for kicking the cchairl. There was also a teacher who bullied her students by sending us parents a letter that stated “It’s difficult to even spoon feed your children when they can’t even open their mouths”. That was the last straw. When the teacher figured out the letter was a bad idea she told the students they would loose a grade in class if they did not return them. I typed up the tape recordings and armed with this letter went back to the vice principle. I wanted discipline action taken against the two teachers and the students on the tape. I told him he had two days or I was going to the police to file charges and if the police would not help I was going to the three major television stations in our area and I was going to make life a living hell for everyone at the school. Finally 10 boys were suspended. The one teacher that did nothing when my son was called a name was disciplined and the teacher that sent home the letters was transferred to a high school.During the meeting with the teachers I told this woman she was worse than a criminal and should be teaching in a prison. She cried and apologized and said all she ever wanted to do was teach children. I told her to find another career because she sucked at it. Needless to say the bulling stopped. Arm your kids with tape recorders. Then it’s not a he said/he said situation anymore. And be prepared to contact the media. They knew I wasn’t screwing around.

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Posted at 3:59 AM on May 31, 2011  

Yes 8 year olds can understand suicide. I didn’t ever attempt, but I thought about it lots when I was that age.

All these years later I’m glad I didn’t but the thing about that kind of pain is when you’re stuck in it, it really seems like it’ll never end.

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Posted at 11:20 AM on May 29, 2011  

this is so sad I dont know how kids can be so mean these days my little sister was 5 coming home almost crying because of kids in school and no matter what happens it will never stop :(

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Posted at 1:43 AM on May 29, 2011  

Yes, an 8-year old can understand suicide. I attempted suicide when I was Tori’s age. Pain does not discriminate.

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