Parents say CPS ignored bullying of 12-year-old before she committed suicide
Chicago Public Schools is investigating the suicide of a 12-year-old girl who claimed she was bullied by classmates and her teacher before her death last month.
Peirce Elementary School student McKenzie Phlipot hanged herself May 8th in her Andersonville home.
She left a note and a social media trail, pointing to bullying as the reason she killed herself.
Phlipot’s parents, declined to speak to WGN TV, say other kids shoved and punched her on several occasions.
They say she even ended up in the emergency room a couple of times.
They accuse school administrators of ignoring their complaints about the bullying.
McKenzie’s mother, Beth Martin and her father, Travis Phlipot passed out fliers to parents at the school. The flyers read “One of her teachers repeatedly singled her out and treated her differently than other students. Her family’s cries for help were ignored. Nothing was done.”
McKenzie wrote, “Like if u hate bullies” on her Instagram account last December. In a later post, she wrote, “Look! All the bullies at my school need to stop talking.”
Just four days before her death, McKenzie’s final post to her Instagram account read “If I died, would you cry? Would you wonder if I was happy? Would I be on your mind? Would you ever speak my name again? Would you come to my funeral? Would you miss me? Would you think of me? Would you remember all our inside jokes, the memories we created, even if they weren’t that serious? Would your heart drop to your stomach when you found out that it was suicide?”
CPS says they are looking into it.
Earlier this week, the school held workshops for Peirce school parents called “Stress Management & Suicide Prevention” and students were given sessions on stress management.