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Kitty McGuire, Bullied Maine 13-Year-Old, Kills Herself

April 3, 2013 by Brett Wilkins in LGBT with 3 Comments

Kitty McGuire suicideRelatives of a Maine teenager who killed herself last week say that the girl was bullied in the months leading up to her death.

Thirteen-year-old Kitty McGuire of Troy, a sixth-grader at Mount View Middle School in Thorndike, killed herself last Tuesday. According to some of her family members, staff at Mount View refused to acknowledge that Kitty was being bullied, referring instead to abuse suffered at the hands of fellow students as “teasing.”

“She had spoken to the guidance counsellor several times,” 26-year-old Tim McGuire, the girl’s uncle, told Maine Public Broadcasting Network. “My dad was actually going to call her again, but Kitty asked him not to. She said it would make it worse.”

Tragically, Kitty’s 20-year-old uncle Edward– who was like an older brother to her– also killed himself. Edward had dropped out of Mount View High School in 2011 because he, too, was being bullied. He committed suicide in April 2012. Edward’s death deeply affected Kitty, and relatives say it was one of several factors that contributed to her decision to end her life.

Tim McGuire said Kitty was bullied by other students because like many teens, she was experimenting with different ways of expressing herself.

“She was trying to figure out her sexuality,” McGuire told the Morning Sentinel.

A Facebook tribute page claims that Kitty was bisexual.

Heather Perry, superintendent of Regional School Unit 3 (RSU 3), told reporters that the school district was investigating McGuire’s death. According to the Morning Sentinel, the teen was the target of three or more incidents the school described as “teasing,” not bullying.

The school’s refusal to acknowledge that bullying played a role in McGuire’s suicide has upset some of her relatives as well as students and members of the community.

“I don’t feel like they do anything right now except look the other way,” Tim McGuire said of RSU 3. “We felt like we needed this to be public to get any action. It needs to be a public discussion.”

Perry said RSU 3 is considering the possibility that McGuire was affected by bullying.

“We are taking it seriously and conducting an investigation,” Perry told the Morning Sentinel. “We haven’t come to any conclusions yet. When we have, we will share that.”

Some Mount View students are also upset that the school has discouraged them from wearing t-shirts, pins and other items to memorialize McGuire and condemn bullying.

“We shouldn’t hide it,” 10th-grader Tori Strain, 16, told the Morning Sentinel. “We do not support suicide. We just want to support Kitty.”

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3 Comments

  1. Anonymous.April 3, 2013 at 7:15 amReply

    Mrs. Witham, the principal, is discouraging that we wear t-shirts and pins and other items with Kitt’s name and face on it, because she says it’s “Glamorizing” suicide. I don’t think it’s that, but I think it’s because she KNOW’S bullying was going on, and she didn’t do anything about it! So now, she doesn’t want anybody to know that she didn’t do anything about it when she knew it was happening. Good job, Witham. Good job.

  2. JasmineJanuary 15, 2014 at 10:27 amReply

    Are you serious? This girl was my best friend and THERE WAS BULLYING involved. I watched and tried to help her everyday. The school is just trying to cover it up. Big flipping surprise.I love you harley rip babygirl.

  3. MorghanMay 13, 2014 at 11:27 amReply

    Okay I just started here at Mount View and I never got the chance to know Kitty but when I heard about her I felt so bad for all of her friend’s and family. I am so sorry for your loss. That makes no sense that they wouldn’t let you memorialize her in the ways that you wanted to. I am extremely sorry for your loss! I am a former high school student here at Mount View. I have been bullied my whole life and there is nothing that anyone has done about it! If you ever want to talk just email me! Again I am so very sorry for your loss and from what I heard about her she was very cool!

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