By MAMAMIA TEAM.
Warning: This post deals with themes of suicide and may be triggering for some readers.
Chloe Fergusson just couldn’t handle it anymore.
Two months ago, after enduring almost eight years of relentless bullying, Chloe took her own life.
She was just 15-years-old.
Last night, the story of Chloe and her short and tragic life featured on an episode of 60 Minutes called Chloe’s Law. Throughout the episode, reporter Allison Langdon spoke to Chloe’s family and friends about what led their beloved Chloe to think she had no other other option than to opt out of life.
“I mean, I just wish that I could have said to her, just hold on, you know. Once you finish school, you know, it’s gonna be okay,” Chloe’s sister Cassie told Allison Langdon. “She felt she had no other escape. It breaks my heart that my kids are not gonna like, they’re – she’s not gonna see them grow up, ‘cause they just loved her so much,” Cassie said.
Chloe was the youngest of six children. She wanted to be psychologist and work with children when she grew up. And when she was just seven years old, her mun passed away from breast cancer. One of the most tragic parts of this story is that Chloe’s mother’s death was one of the reasons the kids bullied Chloe at school.
This from 60 Minutes:
CASSIE: Ah, during primary school was when it started, but that was just usual kind of schoolyard bullying.
She was bullied because she didn’t have a mother which is just – awful thing to pick on someone about and then when she got to high school, you know, it gets – when it got worse with the physical and the cyber-bullying.
ALLISON LANGDON: So she was physically assaulted?
CASSIE: Yes, numerous times. Yes. She was thrown up against lockers at school and… I mean, it was just constant, just every day.
From the ages of seven to fifteen, Chloe was subjected to playground punch-ups. She was taunted in the school corridors. When she changed schools mid last year, Chloe’s family thought the bullying would stop. But instead the bullying just shifted online.
But it was an incident on the 10th of September that changed everything.
Chloe was attacked by a group of people at the local shopping centre. The group apparently knew that Chloe would be at the mall and were waiting for her. When Chloe arrived, they set on her, hitting her repeatedly on the head as she lay on the ground.