11-Year-Old Brain Cancer Survivor Commits Suicide After Being Bullied For ‘Uneven Grin’ Caused By Tumor

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On a recent Wednesday afternoon in Cable, Ohio, a young girl got off the school bus and returned to her home where she later committed suicide on the back porch, according to The Daily Mail

11-year-old Bethany Thompson was a true survivor—she had previously survived a battle with brain cancer, a tumor from which gave her a somewhat “uneven grin.” However, after relentless bullying from students at her school over her appearance, Bethany decided to take her own life because “she was just done. She didn’t feel like anybody could do anything to help her,” according to her mother in an interview with the Columbus Dispatch. 

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On the day Bethany took her own life she made a phone call to one female friend to give her a message, her mother recalled: “She told her she loved her and that she was her best friend forever, but that she was going to kill herself when she got home.” Both of her parents believe bullying to be the cause of her death, but the school Superintendent contends that although Bethany had been made fun of in the previous year the issue had ultimately been resolved.

Bethany’s obituary reads:”She was born December 17, 2004 in Marysville, Ohio. Bethany was currently a sixth grader at Triad Local Schools. She enjoyed swimming, coloring, shopping – especially Goodwill, music, Super Heroes and Pokemon. Every year, she looked forward to attending vacation Bible school and church camp. She loved all animals, horseback riding and her family.”

It’s as of yet unclear how Bethany obtained the gun she used to commit suicide.

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