Burleigh County Social Services says 12-year-old’s suicide was not caused by bullying

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The story of a 12-year-old who committed suicide has spread across the country.


Cherish Chance Houle’s obituary centered around the tragedy of bullying.
It asked parents to speak to their kids about bullying, and the harm it can cause.

While the obituary said Cherish was bullied, her aunt later spoke out, saying there were more issues that could have caused Cherish to take her life.


Today, Burleigh County Social Services spoke out about the case.
Kim Osadchuk, the Director of Burleigh County Social Services says, Cherish was a child in the counties foster care system.


Osadchuk says after the death, an internal review was conducted within the agency.
She says there were no reports within the system, or within Bismarck Public Schools that Cherish was bullied.
Osadchuk say she doesn’t believe the obituary was correct.

“The obituary reported it was bullying that was the cause of this suicide, and that is not correct to our knowledge. We will never know what it was. It also stated that it was specifically in schools and that was not true,” says Kim Osadchuk the Director of Burleigh County Social Services.

Cherish was just 12-years-old when she took her life.
The Suicide Prevention Hotline is always open at 1-800-273-8255
You can call any time if you or someone you know needs help.

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