Lilly-Jo Caldecott, 10, was rushed to the Worcestershire Royal Hospital on November 12, 2018, after she refused to eat dinner and gulped down "tablets."
A mother was devastated after her 10-year-old daughter attempted suicide a day before her birthday after being bullied at school. Lilly-Jo Caldecott was rushed to the Worcestershire Royal Hospital on November 12, 2018, after she refused to eat dinner and gulped down "tablets." Jess Brown, a mother-of-three, told Worchester News about her daughter's precarious state. "My daughter is fighting for her life because of bullying," she stated. Lilly-Jo began attending Witton Middle School in Droitwich the same year in September. But after a few weeks, she was no longer herself, revealed Brown adding that her daughter had become withdrawn, reports Mirror.
Recounting the events that led to the shocking discovery, Brown said, "I sat her down and she admitted she’d taken some pills. I took her to the GP and he said we should go straight to the hospital. I thought my daughter was going to die. I am disgusted my daughter is being bullied yet nothing is being done about it. Nobody seems to want to help at all. We will not be sending her back to the school, it’s not worth the risk. The doctor said if we had left her two more weeks, she would be dead. I’m not going to bury my child." The furious mother added, "She had been going downhill, not eating, a lot more tired than she used to be. We’re backwards and forwards to the doctors. She admitted she was being bullied straight away. You never expect see your own daughter on her 10th birthday in hospital after a suicide attempt. It's heartbreaking."
Lilly -jo has been a victim of #bullying at the age of 10 and tried taking her own life.— Ian Bevis (@ianbevis) November 16, 2018
Now on #Suicide watch
Do teachers listen, do they have the power to solve issues?
Parents of the horrible children - FIX THEM
Lilly-jo deserves to be happy https://t.co/OLog5Tivp6 pic.twitter.com/YHjaQlYrUn
Describing her daughter's ordeal, the mom said, "She [the bully] has pulled her hair, pushed her, smacked Lilly-Jo and also shut a locker door on Lilly-Jo's head, stamped on her foot when it was broken – the list is endless. I have to fight with Lilly-Jo to get her to school now. She’s terrified to go back there." The single mother reportedly confronted the parents of the girl who had bullied Lilly-Jo only to be ridiculed by them. "The day after Lilly overdosed I went round to the parents of the girl who has bullied her and showed them the pictures of her in hospital. I wanted to show them the impact of their daughter’s words but they just laughed at me and swore at me," said Brown.
Bullied 10-year-old girl has birthday in hospital after attempting suicide— Fight Against Violence & Abuse (@AgainstAbuse79) November 15, 2018
Lilly-Jo Caldcott spent her 10th birthday lying in a hospital bed after taking an... https://t.co/yG10HO4UMm
Brown further noted that her daughter's school hasn't taken the matter seriously. "I’ve told the school about Lilly being bullied but they haven’t done anything to help either. I feel that Lilly has been let down by the school who have not taken bullying seriously." Previously, Brown uploaded a video of her daughter opening up about her being bullied at schools and her attempts to tell her teachers about it. "There is this kid at school who is bullying me since I have been at Witton," the little girl was heard saying. "It has been getting worse and worse she pulled my hair in PE and stamped on my foot, I was crying and she went off laughing. Then she was staring at me in the changing rooms and calling me fat. She saw me eating two crumpets, a drink, and a turkey baguette, that was all I had. I’m scared she’s going to call me fat."
She continued, "Every time I try to tell the school, I told the deputy headteacher on Wednesday morning, we were spending all morning until 12.35 p.m. having a meeting to get the truth out of her but she denied it all. She has sent text messages to my friend and now they are not speaking to me – they have a picture of me falling off a yellow bench and I was crying. She said that if I don’t move school she will carry on bullying me until I get angry. I don’t want to kill myself." A few days later, Brown organized a protest which was joined by other angry parents who brandished signs which read: "You will not silence us, you will not silence our children’s justice."
via @LondonEconomic Angry parents gather outside school to protest against treatment of ten-year-old girl who tried to commit suicide after being bullied https://t.co/03uhqVJWsh pic.twitter.com/HgNbaMcfre— ...𝘥𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘥 𝘫𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴 @MrDJones (@MrDJones) November 16, 2018
A spokesperson for Worcestershire County Council said they were aware of the protest but did not wish to comment on it any further, reports SWSN. A few days later the council's cabinet member for Education and Skills, Marcus Hart, said, "We are assured that the relevant process and procedures have been and continue to be followed at Witton Middle School. We’ll continue to support Lilly-Jo and her family and also the school. The health and wellbeing of all children and young people in Worcestershire is our main priority. Together with partners we are supporting the national anti-bullying Choose Respect campaign."