Bullied 13-year-old girl takes her life after supermarket beating by schoolmates who got away scot-free
'Get your kid to talk to you. No matter how small it is. Push them to talk,' the bullied girl’s grandmother told other parents
AUSTRALIA: A teenage girl has claimed her life after reportedly facing months of bullying. Corrine lee Cheu was only 13 when she died on September 13 at her grandmother's house.
Now, her grieving family has urged other families to take extra care of their children and take professional help if needed.
Corrine lee Cheu’s family feels 'lost’
The schoolgirl’s grandmother told Daily Mail Australia, “We are devastated. Completely lost.”
She shared, “That afternoon, she gave me a kiss and cuddle and offered to mow my lawn. There was no indication something was wrong. Now, we just keep asking ‘why?’”
Corrine lee Cheu described as ‘beautiful girl’
Remembering her grandchild, who was a student at Atherton State High School, Stewart said, “She had a heart of gold.”
She continued, “To me, she was nanny's baby. She and I just had a strong bond. A lot stronger than any other grandmother and granddaughter I know.
“She mowed my lawn, she would wash my dogs. We just connected.”
What happened to Corrine lee Cheu?
As per reports, two months before Cheu committed suicide, some children beat her while she was near a supermarket.
Police were informed about the alleged incident but no action was taken against the children involved due to laws regarding offenses carried out by underage assailants.
Even when the girl’s school was told of the incident, they reportedly did not do anything, saying the incident took place outside the campus.
Also, Cheu “didn't talk about a lot of it. She kept it to herself,” her grandmother told the publication.
“[When asked if she was ok] she would say, 'Shut up mum. Nothing is wrong with me,’” she revealed.
The teenager’s parents even took her for counseling after noticing behavior changes in her but to no avail. But now, they did not want any other parent to go through the pain they were feeling.
“Get your kid to talk to you. No matter how small it is. Push them to talk. If they won't, go and take them to somebody so they will. We weren't lucky enough with Corrine, but maybe [we would have been] if we had gotten her access to services sooner,” Stewart added.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe has been started to help Cheu’s family financially.
It said, “On behalf of my sister Jodie and brother-in-law Monty, who lost their daughter to suicide, I'm pleading with anyone who would like to support the family in this trying time to share in order to generate finances and awareness for young teenagers.”