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NM community remembers 11-year-old who died from suicide after being bullied

Megan Abundis
February 06, 2019 10:06 PM

GRANTS, N.M.- People in Grants came together Wednesday night to remember an 11-year-old girl who took her own life.

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Delia Watson complained of bullying at Mt. Taylor Elementary School and on social media before she died.

Her best friend, Malaya Martinez who planned Wednesday night's vigil, said Delia was tormented.

"Surprisingly my friend held her head up high and always carried a beautiful smile," Malaya said. "She had the biggest heart and always found the good in everybody, even the girls and boys who would bully her."

Delia's family and friends believe the suicide was preventable. Malaya said Delia reported the bullying to school officials.

"Me and Delia reached out to many staff members of our school many different times about the bullying but Delia's voice was never heard," Malaya said.

Delia's family is now calling on leadership at the school to do a better job of educating parents and students about bullying.

School officials would not answer specific questions about the case, referring KOB 4 to a statement sent to parents. 

However, police are investigating social media messages that were sent to Delia. 

In the meantime, Malaya said she will speak up for her best friend and will continue talking until someone listens.

"I'm Delia's voice and I'm reaching out to the community for help," Malaya said. "Big, small, tall, has no hair, has hair, has a lot of hair, doesn't matter, they are still human beings. It's not right!"

Delia's family is holding another community vigil Saturday at Fire and Ice (next to the post office in Grants). It will start at 6 p.m. The community is invited to attend.

The family has also set up a Gofundme account. Click here to donate. 

Statement from the Grants-Cibola County Schools:

February 4, 2019

The Grants-Cibola County Schools is sad to report that is has confirmed the unexpected death of one of its students. The student was an 11 year old student at Mt. Taylor Elementary who died unexpectedly on Friday, February 1, 2019. Out of respect to the family, the name and cause of death will not be released. We are heartbroken over the death of one of our students. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to the family and friends as well as the entire community.

School counselors and community health representatives are available to any student or staff member who wishes to talk about the student’s death. The District will be offering grief counseling for students and staff as needed. The School Districts primary focus of resources is on the welfare of its’ school community and its students. Please note that no TV cameras or reporters will be allowed in the schools or on school grounds. We want our community to be aware of the supportive measures available and to encourage anyone having difficulty to seek support.

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