Over the weekend, news cycles flocked to the story of 10-year-old Keaton Jones.
Everyone from athletes and movie stars to small town average Joes took to social media to show their support for the boy as his video pleas tugged at their heartstrings. But while the backstory behind that now infamous video continues to unravel in front of the media’s eyes, the story of 10-year-old Ashawnty Davis goes almost completely unnoticed.
At the heart of both stories are two young children, both the victims of schoolyard bullying, so why was Keaton’s story gaining national attention, while Ashawnty’s was barely noticed? Some people could argue that Keaton’s story was much more polarizing than Ashawnty’s, while others believe our country’s racial divide is to blame. And while we may never know the real answer to these questions, Ashawnty has become the latest victim of childhood “bullycide” and now more than ever, her story deserves to be heard.