Grieving Students Plan Rally Against Bullying After Suicide at School

By Stephanie Parkinson

May 7, 2013 Updated May 8, 2013 at 11:52 AM EDT

MARION, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – Students are grieving the loss of a classmate who took her own life by hanging herself from the school’s bleachers Monday.

On the first day back to class Tuesday several students at MuCulloch Junior High School in Marion decided rallying together was the best way to cope with their loss.

"She was bullied and she didn't deserve what she got,” said Haley Simpson, friend.

14-year-old Braylee Rice was a seventh grader at the school. She took her own life Monday when she used the neck tie she was wearing to hang herself from the bleachers near the school’s outdoor track.

"She didn't deserve to have to go through that pain. The fact that she had to commit suicide to feel the release that she wanted,” said Haley.

Haley’s response is to rally her classmates together to talk about bullying and help put a stop to it.

"I have to support my children if this is what they feel that we need to do is to make a stand, then I will stand side by side with them,” said April Simpson, Haley's Mother.

Haley, her mother and several friends passed out flyers when school let out Tuesday.

The flyers promote a rally against bullying that is planned for Friday. The rally is scheduled for 3:30 in the afternoon. It will be held just outside the school grounds.

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