Lilly-Jo Caldcott’s entire family knew her to be cheerful and bright as the sun. But one day, the 10-year-old showed less and less interest in the things she loved.
She stopped playing with friends. She stopped hanging out with the family. She stopped doing outdoor research. And then she started to stop eating too.
It all started just a few weeks after Lilly-Jo started attending middle school in Worcester, England.
She told her mother, Jess, that she was having some issues with a fellow student.
The student would push her, pull her hair, and hit her.
On occasion, she had hit Lilly-Jo’s head with a locker door and stepped and kicked her broken foot.
In just 12 weeks, Lilly-Jo withered and hid more and more.
Her mother spoke to the school staff, but nothing happened.
Lilly-Jo didn’t want to go to school anymore and it was a struggle to get her to.
She would get sick, refuse to eat, and become increasingly withdrawn from social activities.
Then one day, Lilly-Jo admitted that she had swallowed a large number of pills to kill herself.
Jess rushed her to her doctor and shortly thereafter, Lilly-Jo began appearing and acting disorientated and her doctor told Jess to get her to an Accident and Emergency Hospital as soon as possible.
Lilly-Jo was hospitalized.
It was most heartbreaking on her birthday.
Luckily, after being observed overnight, she woke up the next morning in a stable condition.
The doctors told Jess that the poor young girl would have died if this had been allowed to go on for another two weeks.
In a matter of weeks she had gone from cheerful and happy to suicidal.
After the incident, Jess removed her daughter from the school in question.
Now safely away from the dire situation, she has finally decided to speak up about what happened – and this prompted the school to respond.
The director explained that action was taken as soon as the bullying was first reported and that the staff took the allegations very seriously as soon as they heard about it.
The principal also referred to the school’s “strong” anti-bullying policy, including protecting students from ableism, homophobic, sexist or racist attacks.
Obviously what they were doing wasn’t enough to protect Lilly-Jo.
Luckily, Lilly-Jo is safe now and has the support of her family and people around the world – but a lot of kids aren’t so lucky.
Bullying in schools is a very serious situation and should be treated as such.
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