This is tragic, but I think it is important that we all share this story. What can we do individually or as a community to help our brothers and sisters?
"Candlelight vigil for 12-year-old North Side Middle School student"
“She had alopecia, which is an autoimmune disease that made her body attack her hair follicles and made her hair fall out...She started this school year with a wig, a beautiful wig. Within the first few weeks, kids were ripping it off of her head. In front of the whole class...Would smack her upside the head in the hallway,” Ball said.
Ball said she addressed the bullying with a social worker and counselor.“And I asked them specifically ‘please get in touch with the parents’. I don’t know if that happened. There was no follow up and three weeks later here we are,” Ball said."
“Her death is not going to be in vain. Change is going to come from this,” said Ball. Ball said she believes the school failed Rio.
“They failed her. They failed us. They continue to fail other students because Rio is not the only one. I know that” she said."
Source and full story: Candlelight vigil for 12-year-old North Side Middle School student
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