SANTA ANA, CA (KCAL/KCBS) — Area police are investigating the death of a 10-year-old girl in Santa Ana who died by suicide.
Santa Ana detectives were at Hazard Elementary School on Monday investigating reports that the fifth grader may have been bullied.
Officers said they would be interviewing those who knew her, as well as looking at social media and text messages to try to determine if bullying was a factor in her death.
According to officials, the girl died at home on Sunday. Police said her 9-year-old sister was the one who found her.
One neighbor said the girl seemed happy and would often play games with her younger siblings.
“She was always like funny…she was always really nice to everybody,” Jacob Ortiz, a classmate, said. “She would give a lot of people hugs a lot.”
A rosary was planned at the girl’s home Monday evening.
Garden Grove Unified School District said in a statement:
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of one of our students. We have our crisis counselors on site today and throughout the week to ensure students and staff have support during this difficult time. While the Santa Ana Police Department is conducting a thorough investigation, we have no evidence to support this rumor. Hazard Elementary School has a longstanding PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) program and takes a proactive approach to promote a positive school culture.”
According to the neighbor, the girl’s parents monitored her social media accounts.
If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
For more information about mental health care resources and support, The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. ET, at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, contact the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). It’s a free, 24/7 service that offers support, information, and local resources. You can also click here for additional hotlines within the tri-state area and the nation.
Depression and suicidal thoughts are often exhibited in many ways. Warning signs for suicide can include, but are not limited to, talking about wanting to die; conveying feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness or being a burden; and displaying extreme moods.
If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention advises that you do not leave the person alone, call a prevention hotline, and take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.
For more information on suicide prevention, including additional resources and warning signs, you can visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s website.