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Students return to DC charter school after apparent suicide of 12-year-old girl


WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Students headed back to class at the SEED Charter School in Southeast D.C. Monday after the school closed for most of the week following the death of a student.

Police say Stormiyah Denson-Jackson committed suicide in her dorm Tuesday. Schoolmates say 12-year-old Denson-Jackson was often bullied as a student. They point to the abuse as a possible reason for her death.

However, the girl's family suspects foul play.

"I know for a fact my baby wouldn't do anything like that to herself," says her father Tyronne Jackson.

The school released the following statement on Monday and said that grief counselors will be available.

Many parents are also upset about what they say was a poor job by the school in informing them about the death. Parents say they learned it from the news and from their kids rather than SEED. Multiple meets have been held with parents since the incident.

The school is not allowing students to sleep in the dorms until the death investigation is complete.

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