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Girl, 13, Dies Days After Being Bullied and ‘Kicked in the Head’ at School, Aggravating Brain Tumor

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A 7th-grade girl is the victim of a brutal school fight that took her life after an undiagnosed brain tumor was most likely aggregated during the assault.


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Kashala Francis, 13, dies tragically days after a school fight where she was repeatedly kicked in the head. The fight occurred in Houston, Texas at Attucks Middle School. It was later uncovered by doctors that Francis had a tumor in her brain. Kashala survived the fight but complained of headaches for a few days afterward before falling unconscious.

Mamie Jackson, Kashala’s mother asked, “So if she had a tumor in her head that we (didn’t know) about, and somebody repeatedly stomps and kicks and punches you in your head, you’re not even fighting back, is it going to be better, is it going to be worse?”

Mamie believes that if her daughter had not been bullied and beaten then she would still be alive, “I still would have had more time with my baby.”

Jackson continued, “I’ve never met a person who has come into contact with Kashala who has not fallen in love with her. She was a sweet baby, real sweet. She always said she loved me, gave me hugs, kisses.” Kashala’s best friend added, “She always found a way to make me laugh, when I was sad or mad, no matter what happened.”

This a harrowing and unfortunate reality for this family. Mamie cries “Why do I have to suffer? Why do I have to wake up and she’s not here?”

According to StopBullying.gov  between 1 in 4 and 1 in 3 U.S. students say they have been bullied at school. Most bullying happens in middle school, the most common types are verbal and social bullying. Please always check on your children, their peers and their surroundings. Bullying can take on many forms, and can tragically lead to life-altering, and even life-threatening, circumstances.

We are praying for this family that will never see their little girl again. Learn more about signs for a child being bullied at StopBullying.gov.