Friends of Hailey Petee are dealing with her loss after the 11-year-old took her own life Sunday morning.
"It hit so hard. Immediately, I thought I can't imagine being her parents or that being my daughter,” said one parent.
The woman, who 10TV is not identifying, is the mother of Hailey’s best friend and classmate.
"I felt like I lost someone in my family, pretty much like you just get this really bad feeling in your body, like it's a big chunk out of your heart,” said Hailey’s friend.
Petee’s family told 10TV that their daughter took her life because of constant bullying. Hailey’s friend said she not only witnessed it, but she has been a victim as well.
"They harass me on the bus and at recess, whenever they get a chance to, even if we're just in a line or waiting to use the restroom,” said the girl.
Her mother said she went to London City School officials numerous times, but the bullying did not stop.
Hailey’s mother and several other parents who have reached out to 10TV said the same.
The school superintendent told 10TV that “We are in a sensitive mode, I am aware of bullying, but now is not the time to deal with it.”
"I want to know how many lives it's going to take, how many kids feel that this is the length that they have to go bring attention to the problem,” said the friend’s mother.
The superintendent has declined 10TV requests for an on camera interview, but did reinforce the district’s zero tolerance policy on bullying.
The Hailey Petee Memorial Fund has been set up at PNC Bank. Donations will help toward funeral costs.
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January 27, 2012 - Parents Say 11-Year-Old Daughter Was Driven To Suicide Because Of Bullying