Lilly-Jo Caldcott was likened to the sun by all of those around her.
Like any other ten-year-old girl she enjoyed hanging out with her friends, spending time with family, and playing outside.
But when Lilly-Jo suddenly began to remove herself from social activities and quit eating, her mother knew something was wrong right away.
However, even her mother couldn’t have imagined the tragedy that would soon take place.
A few weeks after beginning middle school in Worcester, England, Lilly-Jo ceased wanting to go to school. She told her mom after the first week that she was having trouble with another girl at school.
The bullying, both mental and physical, continued to worsen and Lilly-Jo soon became even more withdrawn.
Convincing her to go to school every morning was a struggle as Lilly-Jo was so upset; she was not eating and was making herself sick.
Her mom told Worcester News that over the course of 12 weeks she had visited the school every day to try to improve the situation, but the staff frequently wrote her off and dismissed the issue.
In a letter to the school principal mom Jess made it clear exactly what her daughter was going through.
“She has pulled her hair, pushed her, smacked Lilly-Jo and also shut a locker door on Lilly-Jo’s head, stamped on her foot when it was broken – the list is endless.”
Then one terrible Monday afternoon Lilly was rushed to her doctor after admitting that she had consumed an unspecified number of tablets.
The doctor told Jess to immediately take her daughter to the hospital after showing any signs of disorientation. She spent the night in hospital and the next morning was in a stable condition.
“I’ve got a daughter now in hospital on her birthday on different drips and being examined by mental health doctors,” Jess said.
After months of bullying at the hands of another little girl, the once happy and bubbly girl had been reduced to trying to take her own life.“The doctor said if we had left her two more weeks, she would be dead. I’m not going to bury my child,” added Jess.
Jess subsequently took her daughter out of the school and is now able to speak about the matter publically.
The school principal said after being made aware of the bullying immediate action was taken.
“This school takes all allegations of bullying extremely seriously, this includes racist, homophobic, gender-based or bullying related to disabilities,” the principal said.
“Our school maintains a strict anti-bullying policy.”
When a young, joyful girl that is only 10 years old attempts to take her life due to bullying, it says something heartbreaking about society and our current education system, despite attempts to resolve the situation.
Prayers for this family as they attempt to recover.