Suicide of 9-Year-Old Syrian Refugee in Canada Highlights Bullying in Schools

Published April 18th, 2019 - 09:59 GMT
Amal Alshteiwi, 9-year-old Syrian refugee killed herself after being bullied in school. (Screenshot)
Amal Alshteiwi, 9-year-old Syrian refugee killed herself after being bullied in school. (Screenshot)

A 9-year-old Syrian refugee girl has been found dead in her room in Calgary, Canada after being reportedly bullied by her classmates.


Amal Alshteiwi had moved to Canada three years ago with her family seeking asylum from their war-torn country, Syria. In March 2019, she was found by her parents dead in her room after committing suicide.

Her parents confirmed she has been facing physical and verbal abuse in school by her classmates who bullied her and repeatedly described her as “ugly” and “stupid." Therefore, they transferred her to a new school four days before she killed herself.

Amal’s mother also confirmed that her daughter was told by her classmates before switching schools that “Even if you move to another school, they are not going to love you, the kids nor the teachers. Wherever you go, you better just go and kill yourself."

According to her parent’s testimony, Amal had been returning from school all upset and complaining about her classmates and they reached out the school’s management multiple times, yet, the management did not offer them any help.

Despite all of that, the police investigation did not find enough evidence to prompt a criminal investigation into bullying accusations.

Human rights organizations and many activists have been talking about Amal.

Aiming at raising awareness of the dangers of bullying in schools, Amal’s story has taken Twitter by storm.

 


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