US News Today (News21USA): “The Mother of Jaylee Chillson, Teen Who Died by Suicide in Front of Deputy, Expresses Anguish”
In a heartfelt Facebook post, Stacie Chillson, the mother of Jaylee Chillson, the 14-year-old Kansas girl who tragically took her own life in front of a sheriff’s deputy, paid tribute to her daughter while also expressing her anger at those she believes contributed to her daughter’s suffering.
Stacie Chillson wrote, “I’m angry with those that hurt my baby. I’m furious with those I KNOW hurt her and will talk about her now like they didn’t play a part in crushing her.”
The Cloud County Sheriff’s Office received a report on September 16 that Jaylee had run away from home. A deputy located her at an outdoor party in Aurora, Kan. As the deputy was bringing her to his vehicle, Jaylee tragically pulled out a gun and took her own life. This devastating incident was witnessed by the deputy and several party-goers. Jaylee was pronounced dead at the scene just after midnight on September 27.
In her tribute post, Stacie Chillson described her daughter as one of the world’s “brightest lights” and praised her for her kindness and humor. She also revealed that Jaylee had faced mistreatment over the past year, including hurtful behavior from friends and adults.
The grieving mother implored people not to make assumptions or judge her daughter. She also urged those who may have contributed to the problem not to use Jaylee’s name now that she’s gone.
Jaylee, who was born in Manhattan, Kan., enjoyed various outdoor activities and is survived by her parents, four brothers, and four grandparents.
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A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to cover Jaylee’s funeral expenses, raising over $16,000 in just six days.
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please seek help immediately. Contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988, text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741741, or visit 988lifeline.org for support.