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article imagePolice: Bullied teen may have sent 'slut' text before suicide

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By Yukio Strachan     May 11, 2012 in Lifestyle
A 13-year-old girl who hanged herself days after a text message branding her a 'slut' was sent to girls at her school –– may have sent the text herself.
According to Fox 9 news, The sheriff's office said the text message calling Rachel Ehmke a slut originated from an iPod at her father's home in Mantorville, and possibly Rachel herself.
KTTC TV says a news release sent by Dodge County Sheriff, Jim Jensen states: "Through our investigation, which is still open pending autopsy results, we've determined that the text message in question originated from Rachel's father's residence, and possibly Rachel herself.
"Due to there being no suicide note left, we can only speculate as to her motivation for sending this message out. We did receive information that she had been talking to friends about trying to transfer out of KM because of problems she had been having there and had mentioned this to her parents on Friday (April 27)."
On April 28, Rachel killed herself.
Although no suicide note was left, the 13-year-old's family found a note card where she had written "I'm fine = I wish you knew how I really felt," along with a picture of a broken heart, Fox 9 reported.
But Rachel's dad, Rick, agreed, Rachel could have very well sent the text message.
"She just told me, she said dad. They never did anything, it only got worse," explained Rick Ehmke.
Rick Ehmke, told KTTC TV that his 13-year old daughter Rachel was being bullied for more than a year.
A group of girls threatened Rachel and called her a "prostitute" repeatedly even though she had never kissed a boy, reported MyFox9.
"We believe that harassment and bullying were likely factors in Rachel's death," the sheriff's office concluded. "That being said, it appears that she had problems with a number of different people, of different ages, over the past several months."
Rick said Rachel was degraded constantly and although school officials knew he says there were never consequences. He said the school did not take her complaints seriously.
"There were no kids taken out of sports because of it, no kids made to say they are sorry. There were no kids that had to clean up the mess that they did to her locker or return the stuff they stole," said Ehmke.
At this time, NBC4 reports, the county attorney's office has determined there is insufficient evidence to charge anyone in the case.
Since the suicide, Rick said the bullies and their families have had no contact with the Ehmkes - not a card, a hug nor an apology.
"These words killed my daughter," said Rachel's father, after her suicide on April 28. "I'll go to my grave believing that."
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