School district speaks for first time after 10-year-old’s suicide

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. -- Ever since the suicide of 10-year-old Ashawnty Davis' death, parents whose children have their own bullying experiences at Sunrise Elementary School have been reaching out.

Davis' parents said their daughter took her own life after a bullying video was uploaded to social media.

On Tuesday, the Cherry Creek School District talked about Davis and how it addresses the issue of bullying.

"We are taking a look at what happened and debriefing on how this tragedy occurred, what support schools provide," spokeswoman Abbe Smith said.

The district can't get into details, but administrators say they took action after the video was brought to their attention. Smith said the district talked to all students and their parents.

Now, the outcome could bring change.

"We are always reviewing our own policies and procedures around student safety and well-being, particularly when something of this magnitude happens," Smith said.

When Davis took her life, her parents shared her story to raise awareness about bullying.

"With the last breath of my life, I'm going to make sure that unfortunate kids are able to go to school comfortably and learn," her father Anthony Davis said.

Other parents have followed suit and are sharing their stories.

"One of my kids was actually scared and was running home from school," a parent said.

"Right now just really want the school to be looked at so that this doesn't even happen again," said a former Sunrise parent, who doesn't want to be identified because she works for the district.

"If a number of parents come to us with concerns about a particular school, then we would absolutely take a look at what's happening there," Smith said.

While the district said it always investigates bullying reports, if parents don't like how a particular school addresses the situation, they are encouraged to call the district's executive director at 720-554-4215.