Even after her apparent suicide last week — which years of bullying allegedly played a role in — 15-year-old Cora Delille could not escape her tormenters.
Some students who reportedly spread rumors about Delille actually showed up at her wake, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
Delille’s friends said they heard a student say she’s happy Delille is dead. A mourning poster placed on Delille’s locker was reportedly ripped apart. And foul messages have been left on Delille’s Instagram page since her death.
A family member found Delille dead after she hanged herself, the Daily Mail said, citing police in Pickerington, Ohio.
Indeed, her suicide note is punctuated by these words: “Thanks for all the pain.”
You might assume that Delille’s handwritten message, which calls out peers who reportedly had been bullying and tormenting the student at Ridgeview Junior High, would help call her tormenters to account — but police say there’s nothing they can do.
“She named like maybe four, maybe five kids. Just first names only,” Pickerington Police Commander Matt Delp told the New York Daily News Tuesday, adding that two were allegedly ex-boyfriends — and the latest reportedly broke up with Delille the night before her death.
Some students said they witnessed the bullying done to Delille — it took the form of verbal swipes in the hallways and during lunch. Friends said they heard girls calling Delille names at a spring dance. But even after police interviewed the peers named on her suicide note, Delp said no charges are anticipated And since the bullying accusations they believe they’ve been able to confirm don’t stretch beyond name-calling, which Delp said isn’t even a misdemeanor, nothing can be done through law enforcement.
Sydney Teal said Delille called her distraught and crying the day before her death.
“She said she couldn’t take much more,” Teal, 14, told the Dispatch. “I didn’t know what to do. I told her I loved her and that I’m here for her.”
And Delille apparently had been battling more than other kids — she also has been upset over her parents’ broken marriage.
“She had a lot of issues going on in her life,” Delp told the Daily News. “Her boyfriend broke up with her, she didn’t know if her mother loved her. There were a lot of other things going on in her life other than bullying.”
Hundreds of students and parents remembered Delille in a candlelight vigil last Friday night — and the idea of taking responsibility for how one treats others was emphasized.
“It’s obviously an issue which we in society need to address,” Delp told the Daily News. “I think it’s human nature to do it, maybe we’re messed up as a species.”