THORNDIKE, Maine (NECN) - Both
the Waldo County Sheriff's Department and a central Maine school district are
investigating the death of a 13 year old student who attended Mt. View Middle
School in Thorndike.
Donna McGuire, who everyone called "Kitty," committed suicide Tuesday.
family believes she took her life because she was being bullied by other
children at school.
and Fred McGuire of Troy, who raised Kitty from her infancy, choked back tears
remembering their granddaughter.
was a sweet little girl, funny, bright so lively,"said Fred McGuire.
say the 13 year old sixth grader took her own life because she was being
bullied, both at school and on the bus.
targeted her for her sexual orientation. One person even kicked her," said
Monday, some members of the McGuire family held a vigil outside the school to
draw attention to Kitty's tragic death and to make sure the circumstances are
want the Guidance Counselor and the Principal to take action," said McGuire.
District Superintendent Heather Perry says that investigation is underway. "The school is trying to find out if the allegations are accurate, if so, to
what degree? and what happened here?""
spring the Maine Legislature passed an anti-bullying law that defined bullying,
expressly prohibited it, and mapped out ways schools should investigate
September, RSE 3 developed its own anti-bullying policies to get into
compliance with the new state law."
of the whole investigation we're conducting is to look into whether those
policies followed, and if not, why?" said Perry.
McGuires say they also hope other teens will learn to speak up for themselves
and for friends who may be targeted..
need to talk to their parents. Parents need to talk to Guidance
Counselors," said McGuire. .
say those conversations could save another family from going through the
anguish they're facing now.