Alex’s response to bullying
By Paul Coughlin | @PCoughlin
Alex Moore was a 15-year-old freshman at Jemison High School, about 40 miles outside Birmingham, Ala. She enjoyed reading, journaling, drawing, and caring for animals. She was kind, and spent a lot of times alone due to lack of close friends. There is no evidence she caused any harm to any classmate at Jemison High. She was a live-and-let-live kind of lady.
At school, however, she endured a diabolical history of deliberate campaigns of cruelty. And on the morning of May 12, 2010, instead of going to school to face another round of humiliation and scorn, Alex abandoned her usual school uniform of tan pants and a blue shirt for a sweatshirt, a comfortable pair of black pants, and brown slip-on shoes. She put on her silver, double-heart necklace her mother gave her for Valentine’s Day. Its inscription read, “A Mother Holds Her Daughter’s Heart Forever.”
Alex even picked up her room and made her bed.
At an age when a girl should be thinking about the brightness of her future, Alex leaped from the Collins Chapel Bridge Overpass over I-65 into rush hour traffic.