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Boise parents warn others about dangers of bullying

"Is anybody going to pay attention now?" asked Amy Himmel after her 11-year-old daughter attempted suicide.

BOISE - It's an issue that stretches to all corners of the globe, bullying in schools.

We typically hear about these incidents at high schools, or on social media, but today we're learning tonight the issue is also right in our backyards at a local elementary school.

Now, a Boise family is warning others about the dangers of bullying after their 11-year-old daughter attempted suicide.

"Is anybody going to pay attention now?" asked Amy Himmel. "Is this what had to happen?"

These are desperate cries after years of bullying and have now grown louder.

"We have tried everything, we have said ignore it, don't show them any emotion, don't get them a reaction," Himmel said.

On Friday Himmel's daughter Sara was left bullying notes on her desk at Grace Jordan Elementary School.

"On Friday me and Sara had a very in-depth conversation after school," said Himmel. "I said 'Do you feel like you want to hurt yourself? Has this ever crossed your mind? You know I'm always here for you.' I was obviously emotional because of the notes more so than she was."

After this incident Himmel says Sara's response was neutral.

"She's like no I'm fine I know it's not me it's them and she was happy," said Himmel.

There weren't any warning signs an Himmel says looking back that in itself turned out to be the biggest red flag. Himmel says Sara usually reacts much differently when something like this happens.

"She had already made up her mind, she knew," Himmel said.

Sara was admitted into the Intensive Care Unit.

"I'm thinking this isn't happening, this isn't real life, how are we here, why did she do this, why didn't I know she did this," Himmel said.

Sara has since left the ICU but they all know the road to recovery doesn't end here.

"My heart wants to take her home and fix her and my head knows we're way beyond that point," Himmel said.

The questions 'How did we get here?' and 'What could have been done at school to stop this?' still remain as Himmel and her husband comb through the last 48 hours searching for the answers to those questions.

"I don't doubt that they care," said Himmel. "I know that they care and they feel they've handled it. I feel they could've done more. There's no reason it should've continued from last year into this year and it's still going on."

A spokesperson for the Boise School District says in part, "While the district cannot inform the public of actions taken to protect an individual student's safety it does not equate to a lack of action on our part."

They go on to say, "We aggressively and proactively confront bullying through our Bullying, Hazing and Harassment Policy procedures, which protect students, and prevention programs which promote respectful school cultures.

"As a school, as a community, we have to do something," said Himmel. "We have to help these kids."

If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support, please reach out for help by calling or texting the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline at 208-398-4357. All calls are confidential and can be anonymous.

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