Ashawnty Davis: Fast 5 Facts You Need to Know

Ashawnty Davis: Fast 5 Facts You Need to Know

Ashawnty Davis: Fast 5 Facts You Need to Know

A 10-year-old submitted suicide in Colorado after a video of her battling with schoolmates turned into a web sensation on the application Musical.ly. Ashawnty Davis was in a coma for two weeks aing within her storeroom. Davis passed away on November 29. Her dad, Anthony Davis, alluded to his girl as an “offspring of bliss” in a meeting with KDVR. Anthony says his little girl got into her initially battle in October.

Davis’ mom, Latashia Harris, told KDVR that her girl had faced a school spook and the match had gotten into a battle. At the point when video of that battle spread online her dad says, “She was crushed.” Davis was an understudy at Sunrise Elementary School where she was in the fifth grade.

This is what you have to know:


1. Her Parents Want People to See the Video That Made Their Daughter Take Her Own Life

The above video shows Davis, in pink, fighting another girl. Davis’ parents told KDVRthat their daughter was fighting a school bully. Latoshia Harriting a school bully. Latoshia Harris told the station, “I saw my daughter scared.” While her father said, “She was devastated when she found out that it had made it to Musical.ly.”

Ashawny Davis Facebook page

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NBC Denver reports that the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office are treating Davis’ death as a suicide. The full investigation into the death should take around two months.

In a statement, the Cherry Creek School District said:

This is a heartbreaking loss for the school community. Mental health supports will be made available for any students who need help processing the loss.

We do not tolerate bullying of any kind in our schools and we have a comprehensive bullying prevention program in place at all of our schools.

The safety and wellbeing of students is our highest priority and we strive every today to ensure schools are safe, welcoming and supportive places that support learning.

We were made aware of that video when a media outlet approached us with it. We took immediate action in response, turning the video over to police and addressing the matter with students.

It should also be noted that the video did not take place during school hours.

A Cherry Creek spokesperson said that for the last 15 years they have had a curriculum in their schools called “Bullyproofing Your School.” The Denver Post reports that there had been no reports of bullying in Davis’ file.


2. Davis Dreamed of Becoming a WNBA Star

Ashawnty Davis mother Latashia

Davis’ parents told KDVR that their daughter dreamed of growing up to be a WNBA player due to her passion for basketball. According to her Facebook page, Davis’ mother Latashia is originally from Dallas while her father is from Sioux City, Iowa, according to his page.

While Ashawnty’s unclde, Dedrick Harris, has started fundraising page to create a suicide awareness program named Ashawnty Save a Life Progam. Harris wrote on Facebook:

This is my niece Ashawny and she is 10 years old. A few days ago due to being bullied in school she hung herself. We do not know all the reason behind this wonderful little girl doing this to herself. We will never forget this angle that touched the hearts of those that was blessed to meet and know this wonderful person.

My baby life is at all ended it has just began. We will make sure that no other family will have to face these dark time as my family faces. Please find it in your hearts to help send this angle home. The money will be used to place this angle to rest and all the other funds will go towards creating the Ashawnty Save A Life Program.


3. Davis’ Parents Believe Their Daughter Was a Victim of Bullycide

Ashawnty Davis Photos Pictures

Facebook/Krystal Banks-Thomas

Davis’ parents told KDVR that they believe their daughter was a victim of Bullycide. Her father said, “We have to stop it and we have to stop it within our kids.” While her mother said, “I want other parents to know that it’s happening. That was my baby and I love my baby and I just want mother to listen.”

A feature in The Week referred to Bullycide as the Phoebe Prince phenomenon. Prince, a native of Ireland, moved to Boston when in 2009. She committed suicide in 2010 after reportedly being bullied by students at South Hadley High School in South Hadley, Massachusetts. The accused bullies pleaded guilty to bullying in 2011 and received sentences of community service and probation.

Ashawnty Davis Suicide Video

Facebook/Krystal Banks-Thomas

Dr. Sheryl Ziegler, a child therapist, told NBC Denver, “Suicide rates have doubled over the past 10 years and bullying is now really at crisis levels. What we’re seeing is that this has a tremendous effect on the fragile, growing brain of a child. It’s very difficult for that child to handle that level of input.” Dr. Ziegler added that parents should look for signs of having a suicidal child, “You’re not really eating well. You don’t seem to be sleeping well. You’re having stomach aches every day. You’re telling me you have a headache and can’t go to school. I’m gonna actually listen to your behavior or your body more than your words.”


4. Many Have Taken to Social Media to Pay Tribute to Davis

Ashawnty Davis Aurora Colorado

Facebook/Krystal Banks-Thomas

Many family members have taken to social media to pay tribute to Davis. One relative, Krystel Banks-Thomas wrote on Facebook, “My family has lost an angel….The emptiness and unanswered questions are consuming. Please pray for my family during this unthinkable time.” Here are some of the most poignant messages: 

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mina@xminasax

bullying is in NO WAY acceptable and it HAS. TO. STOP! talk to your children/siblings/friends today and MAKE.A.CHANGE.
I‘m heartbroken, a 10 year old shouldn‘t have ever suffered like this. no one should. Rest In Peace little Ashawnty Davis. 

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Lisa Fleming@BULLYNOT2U

Colorado – Parents say their 10-year-old daughter committed suicide by hanging. She’d been bullied online and in school. Ashawnty Davis was only in fifth grade. When will it stop? It’s not your fault! Start charging bullies with the crimes they commit!#AshawntyDavis

imagine being scared all the time cause you get bullied then when you stand up for yourself it’s took as a joke & posted online .. man this worlds so sad .. Rest In Peace

@lisamarie_lynn I am devastated to hear about the suicide of Ashawnty Davis. I went to Pine Lane Elementary in Parker as a kid and I was bullied, too. The schools don’t care. There isn’t much supervision and girls can get away with acting terrible and then lying about it. The vic


5. Musical.ly Says They Forbid Users to Be Under the Age of 13

Musical.ly has around 10 million users worldwide. Users are commonly referred to as a “Musers.” The app has many of the same features as Snapchat with users usually uploading a short video of themselves to share with friends. According to Cyberbullying.org, the app complies with the Children’s Onliny Privacy Protection Act in having a disclaimer that users must be 13 years old or older. Parents who believe that their underage child is using the app are asked to contact privacy@musical.ly.

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SytonniaLIVE@Sytonnia

Waiting to see what @musicallyapp does in reference to their posting guidelines after 10 year old Ashawnty Davis committed suicide after being bullied over a video that was loaded onto their site.

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A Medium.com article referred to Musical.ly as the “first real social network that has reached an audience as young as first-graders.” Meanwhile a school in Australia, Wenona Junior School in Sydney, banned students from being on the app, in a letter to parents school officials said, “A number of girls have been… uploading performances in school uniform, which introduces numerous other potential risks.”

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