Parents say 10-year-old daughter killed herself because of bullying

The parents of fifth-grader Ashawnty Davis say she was devastated after video of a fight she was involved in was posted on an app.

Story highlights

  • A video of a fight involving Ashawnty Davis was posted on an app in October
  • Her parents found her hanging in a closet at home two weeks later

(CNN)The parents of a Colorado fifth-grader who killed herself blame it on bullying, and they say her school could have done more to intervene.

Ashawnty Davis, 10, died Wednesday after being taken off life support at a children's hospital, two weeks after she was found hanging in a closet at home.
    Her parents said Ashawnty was bullied after a video of a fight she was in at her school in Aurora in October was posted on an app. Ashawnty confronted a girl who had already been bullying her, her mother said, and the fight was recorded on a cellphone and posted to an app called Musical.ly.
    "She was devastated when she found out that it had made it to Musical.ly," Latoshia Harris, Ashawnty's mother, told CNN affiliate KDVR. "My daughter came home two weeks later and hanged herself in the closet."
    The Davis-Harris family has not returned CNN's requests for comment.
    A spokesperson for Musical.ly told CNN the company learned of Ashawnty's death "through news reports."
    "We are absolutely heartbroken to hear about this. Our hearts are with the Davis family in this unimaginably painful time," the company statement said.

    Parents wanted school to do more

    If her parents are correct, Ashawnty is the latest victim of "bullycide," which is bullying that leads to suicide. It's happened in a number of cases involving teens over the past couple of years.
    Ashawnty's parents say the Cherry Creek School District should have done more to stop the bullying that led to her death.
    Abbe Smith, director of communications for the Cherry Creek School District,