Student opens up about suicide attempt at anti-bullying march

Mobile County

CITRONELLE, Ala. (WKRG)  —  Students and community members in Citronelle took to the Main St. trail Thursday with a message that bullying has no place in their town.

News 5 first covered Elly Johnson’s story at the end of August when she went to the hospital for overdosing. Thursday evening, for family and friends of Elly, the Blue-Up march was about showing their support and taking a step in the right direction to fight bullying.

Elly said, “I’ve been through rough times and stuff, and it’s hard on me.” Elly used to attend Lott Middle School. She says the bullying she experienced while attending school became unbearable in August. Elly said, “When I got bullied, I took a half a bottle of Benadryl and I almost died.”

Elly was released from the hospital Thursday, the same day some of her former schoolmates planned to hold an anti-bullying march. After hearing about her release, march organizers decided to shift the focus to Elly, showing her just how loved she is. Elly said, “It makes me feel better and it makes me more comfortable.”

Elly’s mom tells news five since the incident she’s begun homeschooling her daughter. Elly said, “I’m out of school and I’m doing great, and I’m out of school, and I’ve got my friends and all that, and I’m actually comfortable with what I’m doing now.” 

Elly says she has a message for bullies. She said, “I’d say leave them alone and stop bullying other people.” 

She also has a message for any other kids going through what she did. Elly said, “I tell them to ignore them, walk away, don’t believe what they say to you.”

Lott Middle School announced it will be holding an anti-bullying week later in October.

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