NC family wants anti-bullying law passed after teen daughter’s suicide
AYDEN, N.C. — A North Carolina family wants a state law passed against bullying after their 13-year-old daughter took her own life earlier this month.
WCTI-TV reported that Allyssa Colclough took her own life after telling a close friend she had been picked on at school.
The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the allegations of bullying. The family said they want to raise awareness of the issue.
Family and friends of the teenager gathered to raise money Saturday to help the family cover funeral costs.
“There is no law against bullying in the state of North Carolina,” said David Harper, Allyssa’s father.
“They need to be held accountable,” added Shannon Harper, Allyssa’s mother.
Many other states have anti-bullying laws. The family said they will soon be sending around a petition for the law.
Allyssa went to Ayden Middle School in Pitt County. Her family said she wanted to be a veterinarian, according to WITN-TV.