A 10-year-old girl from Colorado committed
suicide after seeing a video of herself being bullied posted
on a popular social media app.
31 News in Denver reports fifth grader Ashawnty
Davis was attended Sunrise Elementary School in
Aurora. She loved basketball and had dreams of becoming a
“She was just a child of joy and she
brought joy to everyone,” explained father Anthony Davis.
However, the usually joyful child of
Anthony Davis and Latoshia Harris changed in October when
she got into a fight with another girl at her school.
The fight was recorded and posted on the
app Musical.ly. The video shows Ashwanty fighting another
girl as a group of kids look on.
Her mother believes her daughter was
confronting her bully. “I saw my daughter was scared,”
Although hard to watch, her parents
believe that people need to see it.
“She was devastated when she found out
that it had made it to Musical.ly,” Davis explained.
Just two weeks after the video was posted,
Ashwanty went home and hanged herself in her closet. She
spent two weeks in the Children’s Hospital on life support
before dying on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.
“It was just devastating,” expressed
“Bullycide” is a common term used to
describe bullying that causes suicide. Ashwanty’s parents
believe that she was a victim of this and are dedicated to
“We have to stop it and we have to stop
it within our kids,” said Davis. Harris added, “I want
other parents to know that it’s happening. That was my
baby and I love my baby and I just want mothers to
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Sports Illustrated has just named Colin
Kaepernick the 2017 Muhammad Ali Legacy Award
recipient for his tireless activist work.
The magazine announced its decision
Thursday with Lonnie Ali, Muhammad Ali’s widow, who
consults with SI to choose the recipient each year.
“Like Muhammad, Colin is a man who
stands on his convictions with confidence and courage,
undaunted by the personal sacrifices he has had to make to
have his message heard,” Ali said in a statement. “He
has used his celebrity and philanthropy to benefit some of
our most vulnerable community members. I know the Ali
family joins me in congratulating Colin as he receives the
2017 SI Muhammad Ali Legacy Award.”
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown and Bill
Russell were the 2017 co-recipients. In a news release,
Executive Editor Stephen Cannella said only a few athletes
have “followed [Ali’s] example as fully” as the
former San Fransisco quarterback who began kneeling during
the pre-game national anthem to protest racial injustice
against black people.
“In this noisy political and media
environment, it’s easy to forget his core message: that
all people in this country deserve to be treated with
dignity, respect and recognition of their civil rights,”
Cannella said. “Too often that message has been lost in
the debate over how it is expressed. Colin has sacrificed
much in the name of that message, even as he has furthered
it with significant charitable efforts that are making a
real difference in communities at the grassroots level.”
The Legacy Award will be presented at
the Sportsperson of the Year Awards on Dec.
5. Kaepernick, who remains unsigned
to an NFL team, was also recently honored as GQ’s Citizen
of the Year.
Since beginning his protest in August
2016, Kaepernick has received criticism from sports
leaders and politicians, including President Donald
Trump. In the year since beginning his protest, at
least 223 black people have been killed by police
in this country.
Begins in Trial of Ex South Carolina Cop Who Killed Walter
sentencing hearing for former South Carolina Police Officer
Michael Slager, who was caught on videotape shooting and
killing a fleeing, unarmed Walter Scott during a 2015 traffic
stop, begins Monday.
USA Today notes, Slager, 36, could face life in prison in
addition to a $250,000 fine for using excessive force in the
The former cop escaped justice last year
after his state murder trial ended in a hung jury. However, in
May, he secured a deal on federal charges, pleading guilty to
charges of deprivation of rights under the color of law, and
essentially owning up to using excessive force in Scott’s
death in exchange for having the state charges and two other
federal counts dropped.
It is expected that the sentencing hearing
will last about a week, according to USA Today. The news site
also notes that the hearing will include testimony to
determine if Slager’s crime is equivalent to voluntary
manslaughter or murder
Prosecutors say that the killing of Scott
was a murder, arguing for Slager to receive the maximum
sentence, while Slager’s attorney, Andrew Savage III, claims
that Slager is not safe in prison and does not deserve to
spend the rest of his life there.
Justin Bamberg, an attorney representing
Scott’s family, said that while he believes Slager deserves
life in prison, his clients will get closure from whatever
time he serves.
“I think everybody’s just ready to close
this chapter of life and start the next chapter,” Bamberg
said. “But all of them end the same way, and that is that
Walter’s not here.”
Reid Apologizes for ‘Tone-Deaf and Dumb’ Homophobic Blog
host Joy-Ann Reid has issued a statement apologizing for a
series of homophobic blog posts she wrote a decade ago,
calling them “insensitive, tone-deaf and dumb.”
series of blogs, which ran from 2007 to 2009, centered around
former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. The posts, which Reid wrote
as part of her personal blog, the Reid Report, fueled
speculation that Crist was gay, and referred to the former
governor as “Miss Charlie” repeatedly.
statement apologizing for the posts was shared Sunday to
multiple outlets, including NBC
News and Newsweek,
as well as to her Facebook
page. In it, the host of MSNBC’s AM Joy called
the criticism of her words and tone legitimate.
a writer, I pride myself on a facility with language—an
economy of words or at least some wisdom in the selection.
However, that clearly has not always been the case,” Reid
wrote. She added that the posts were a “ham-handed way” of
calling out Crist’s stance on LGBT issues, including his
opposition to gay marriage
“What wouldn’t Charlie Crist do to
become John McCain’s running mate? Cross ‘marry an actual
woman’ off the list,’” Reid wrote in an old blog post
about Crist’s marriage to then-wife Carole Rome.
“I can just see poor Charlie on the
honeymoon, ogling the male waiters and thinking to himself,
‘god, do I actually have to see her naked?’” Reid wrote
in another post. At the time, Reid hosted a morning talk-radio
program and wrote a column for the Miami Herald.
The tweets—and Reid’s old blogs—
circulated widely over the weekend, and the criticism for
their homophobic content mounted.
In addition to friends and coworkers and
viewers, I deeply apologize to Congressman Crist, who was the
target of my thoughtlessness,” Reid wrote in her statement.
“My critique of anti-LGBT positions he once held but has
since abandoned was legitimate in my view. My means of
critiquing were not.”
Crist responded to Reid’s apology via
“Long forgotten, but thank you, Joy. I
appreciate you,” the congressman wrote.
those old blog posts, I am disappointed in myself,” Reid
added. “I apologize to those who also are disappointed in
me. Life can be humbling. It often is. But I hope that you
know where my heart is, and that I will always strive to use
my words for good. I know better and I will do better.”
May Be Passed Through Generations From Mothers to Daughters
new study reveals that the daughters of women exposed to
childhood trauma are at increased risk for psychiatric
disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder.
the study also concluded that there was no effect among male
children, and no effect among children of either sex born to
fathers who participated in the analysis.
New York Times reports that researchers studied 46,877 Finnish
children who were evacuated to Sweden during World War II,
between 1940 and 1944. They then tracked the health of their
93,391 male and female children born from 1950 to 2010.
Psychiatry study found that female children of mothers who
had been evacuated to Sweden were twice as likely to be
hospitalized for a psychiatric illness as their female cousins
who had not been evacuated, and more than four times as likely
to have serious psychiatric disorders.
lead author, Torsten Santavirta, said that it is possible that
traumatic events cause changes in gene expression that can
then be inherited, but the researchers did not have access to
most important takeaway is that childhood trauma can be passed
on to offspring,” Dr. Santavirta told
the New York Times, “and the wrinkle here is that these
associations are sex-specific.”
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