Suicide blamed on bullying

11-year-old girl commits suicide

San Angelo, TX - Family members of an 11-year-old girl are blaming bullying at her school for the girl's suicide. South Carolina law enforcement is investigating the shooting death of the girl. 11-year-old Toni Rivers was a sixth grader "full of life", as family members say.

Brandy Rivers-Dixon, Toni's Aunt says, "She was so energetic. Never sat down, never."

However, her energy was taken from her family's lives when she took her own last Wednesday. A Hampton County Sheriff's office report says Toni's 14-year-old sister called 911 Wednesday afternoon. "Toni told five of her little friends that she just couldn't do this anymore, and she was going home and she was killing herself."

Deputies found her lying on the ground shot with a small caliber rifle. She was airlifted to MUSC Health in Charleston, but later died. 

Now, the Toni's family says six other parents have contacted them saying their children have been bullied by the same student. 

Toni's family will host a candlelight vigil this Sunday to honor her memory and raise awareness about bullying. (Reporter: Amanda Labrot)


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