A 9-year-old Alabama girl has tragically taken her own life after relentless bullying and racism at the hands of school students.
McKenzie Adams' family said the fourth-grader had been bullied by a group of students since the start of the school year.
She was allegedly teased over her friendship with a white male classmate and was subjected to intense racial hate and abuse, her family said.
McKenzie's grandmother discovered her lifeless body at their family home on December 3.
McKenzie's aunt Eddwina Harris told Tuscaloosa News the group of students taunted the 9-year-old, telling her to commit suicide.
"She was being bullied the entire school year, with words such as 'kill yourself,' 'you think you're white because you ride with that white boy,' 'you ugly,' 'black b***h,' 'just die,'" she told the newspaper.
Her aunt, who is a television host in Atlanta, wants to use her platform to denounce bullying in the hope of preventing other families from experiencing the same tragedy.
"God has blessed me to help others with my platform, and now it's time to help. There are so many voiceless kids," she said.
"God is opening great doors for justice for my niece."
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