NC teen’s suicide sparks questions of possible bullying

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HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. – A North Carolina teenager who took her own life last Saturday was laid to rest on the day after Christmas.

Amber Cornwell (WLOS-TV via NDN)

Amber Cornwell (WLOS-TV via NDN)

WLOS-TV reported that 16-year-old Amber Cornwell’s death has sparked a discussion about bullying in the mountains in Henderson County.

Cornwell’s final Facebook post just before her suicide asked if she died that night, “Would anyone cry?”

Friends and family said they’ll remember Cornwell as a talented girl with a great sense of humor. She was an honor roll student, a tennis player, a dancer and a member of the All County Chorus.

“I’ve been crying for days now,” said long-time friend Sierra Crochet, who’s known her since first grade.

Family and friends said bullying is what drove Amber to take her own life. They hope the discussion about bullying leads to action. They said they wished they knew she was on the brink of suicide.

“They were just calling her names and said she had no future and had nothing going for her,” Crochet told WLOS-TV, referring to the alleged bullies.

A candlelight vigil is planned in her honor at East Henderson High School on Saturday evening.

“She had that sense of humor that could a smile on your face,” said friend Stephanie Hernandez.

Read more: WLOS-TV