Teen may have killed herself after bully told her to, relative says
By Suzanne Hurt
Yucaipa eighth-grader Rosalie Avila may have committed suicide after a classmate told her to, a relative says.
Classmates at Mesa View Middle School in Calimesa witnessed Rosalie, 13, being bullied by three other students and reportedly heard the ringleader, a girl, urge Rosalie to take her own life shortly before she hung herself Nov. 28, said Rosalie’s cousin, Riverside resident Star Lazcano-Valadez, 34.
One of the students who heard the exchange confided in Lazcano-Valadez at the girl’s funeral Dec. 20, when Rosalie was laid to rest at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier.
“She (a classmate) told me it was one girl who really just did her,” Lazcano-Valadez said. “The girl told her, ‘You should just go kill yourself.’ ”
That classmate and three women accompanying her at the funeral declined to answer questions, citing a possible lawsuit against the school district. One woman said they have not spoken to police, who have not yet confirmed bullying was going on.
Rosalie was being bullied a lot on social media, too, said Lazcano-Valadez, who wore a #JusticeRorRosalie T-Shirt at the funeral.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s detectives have interviewed family, friends, school officials and “multiple” students. None told police a classmate urged Rosalie to kill herself, said Detective Mike Madril.
Rosalie’s parents, who on Dec. 18 announced plans to sue the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District over their daughter’s death, are cooperating “somewhat,” but haven’t provided anything to substantiate repeated bullying, such as Rosalie’s journal, Madril said.
After bullied Yucaipa eighth grader Rosalie Avila, 13, hung herself on Nov. 28, 2017, anti-bullying experts urge bullied youngsters to tell a trusted adult, while parents must learn about the bullying, gossip and hate speech kids growing up in the digital age are being bombarded with in person and 24-7 online.
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