Ohio child cancer survivor kills herself over bullying

Bethany with her parents, Wendy Feucht and Paul Thompson, at the Relay for Life. Nerve damage from cancer treatment affected Bethany's smile.

(CNN)The relentless bullying became too much to handle for an 11-year-old girl with a "crooked" smile, her mother said.

At 3 years old, Bethany Thompson was diagnosed with a brain tumor and battled through radiation treatments. Though cancer-free since 2008, treatment caused nerve damage that changed Bethany's smile. That, and her curly hair, led to bullying, said Bethany's mother, Wendy Feucht.
"She had the softest heart. She would have talked superheroes and batman with anyone," Bethany's mom said.
Feucht said after a particularly tough Wednesday with bullies, Bethany told her best friend she couldn't take it anymore, and was going to take her own life.
    The Cable, Ohio, sixth grader killed herself that afternoon, October 19.
    Her friend's father called Bethany's mom, but it was too late. Bethany found a gun kept in the house, and shot herself one time, police said.
    Her stepfather was asleep in another room.